The Jerk

Released 1979

Director: Carl Reiner

Rating: R

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  • The Jerk is one of Steve Martin's classics, his first full-length film that in 1979 defined his comedy and established his reputation as an American entertainer. The film is directed by Carl Reiner. Navin R. Johnson (Martin) is an imbecile who only late in life figures out that he was adopted by an African-American family. He sets off into the world to find himself and hitchhikes to St. Louis. He finds a dog along the way which he nicknames with an expletive. He gets a job at a gas station, where in a moment of inspiration, he invents a device that helps a man keep his glasses on his nose. The man departs promising half the profits for the invention. Because of a random attack from a sniper, Navin ends up running away to a circus. There he falls in love with Marie Johnson (Bernadette Peters), but she leaves him for financial reasons. Later, the invention pays off, but not the way Navin expected, and he is reunited with Marie. The whole story is outlandish and unbelievable but filled with Martin's wit and charm.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • M. Emmet Walsh

    Madman

  • Carl Reiner

  • Steve Martin (I)

    Navin / Cat Juggler

  • Dick O'Neill

    Frosty

  • Bernadette Peters

    Marie

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    By FX, Apr 14, 2013

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