The Jerk

Starring: Steve Martin & Bernadette Peters Director: Carl Reiner  Rated: R: Restricted
A rags to riches to rags story.
The Jerk
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1979
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I was born a poor black child."
  - Navin Johnson (Steve Martin), narrating the story of his life
"He hates these cans!"
  - Navin, fleeing a madman (M. Emmet Walsh) with a gun

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 12/14/1979
"...Martin proves himself -- often hilariously -- to be nobody's fool....Funny, vulgar and backhandedly clever..."
Total Film - 03/01/2001
"...Martin's first major lead is a wonderfully excessive line-up of physical gags and puerile, sitcom-style set-pieces..."
Premiere - 04/01/2004
"[The film] uses many of the bits Martin was doing in his standup act at the time."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/29/2005
"[Martin] earned leading-man status in this un-PC classic..."

Plot Keywords:

Morons | Rags To Riches | Recommended | Self-Discovery | Slapstick | Theatrical Release | Wise Fools

Production Notes:

  • THE JERK is number 89 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Funniest Movies.
  • There was a television movie remake of the film, produced by Steve Martin, called THE JERK TOO. It was directed by Michael Schultz and stars stand-up comedian Mark Blankfield. Mabel King played Navin's mother in both films.
  • This film was Steve Martin's first starring role, made at the height of his immense popularity as a stand-up comedian. Previously he had small roles and cameos in three feature films: SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, and THE MUPPET MOVIE.
  • Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters do all their own singing in the movie--including the ever-popular Thermos song.
  • In the film shown to Navin by a charity representative, a disguised Martin plays a "cat juggler," billed in the end credits as Pig Eye Jackson.

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 025192184161
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