The Jerk

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Run time: 94 mins

In Theaters: Friday 14th December 1979

Box Office Worldwide: $74M

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Aspen Film Society

Reviews 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Fresh: 26 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew


Producer: William E. McEuen, David V. Picker

Starring: as Navin R. Johnson, as Marie Kimble Johnson, as Patty Bernstein, as Mother, as Father, as Iron Balls McGinty, as Taj, Bill Macy as Stan Fox, as Madman, Dick O'Neill as Frosty, as Hobart, Helena Carroll as Hester, as Elvira, as Punk #1, Sonny Terry as Blues Singer, as Blues Singer, Jackie Mason as Harry Hartounian, as Himself

The Jerk Review

One of Steve Martin's proto-characters, The Jerk isn't quite what his name suggests, he's really more of an idiot than a jerk. "Born a poor black man," the film follows his misadventures from the sharecrop farm to the big city, the circus, Hollywood, and ultimately fabulous wealth and bankruptcy, oblivious all the way. Ultimately he really does turn from sheer ignorant to wilfully awful, so maybe he's a jerk too... but that's beside the point. Martin's one-liners are pretty funny, very dry, and awfully quotable. Bernadette Peters, as the love of his life, appears in one of her most memorable roles, too.


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The Jerk Rating

" Excellent "