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The Jerk

  • Comedy
  • 1979
  • Carl Reiner
  • 89 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy starring Steve Martin. Navin Johnson, the white sheep in a poor black family of Mississippi sharecroppers, leaves home to seek his fortune in the big city. Navin's struggle for fame, his invention of the miraculous opti-grab device and the earth-shattering discovery of his "special purpose" are just a small part of the Johnson legend.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Has Steve Martin made a funnier film? Fans of this insist he hasn't, as Martin takes on the role of simple-minded and naive Navin Johnson, who suddenly discovers that his black parents aren't his natural kith and kin. He leaves the plantation to make his way in a world that is as loopy as he is. There are some heavenly jokes (especially the one where he makes a fortune inventing an absurd nose support for spectacles), and Martin is in best "manic" mode.

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Credits

Cast

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Navin JohnsonSteve Martin
Marie KimballBernadette Peters
Patty BernsteinCatlin Adams
MotherMabel King
FatherRichard Ward
TajDick Anthony Williams
Stan FoxBill Macy
MadmanM Emmet Walsh
FrostyDick O'Neill
Carl ReinerCarl Reiner
HobartMaurice Evans
Harry HartounianJackie Mason
Iron Balls McGintyCarl Gottlieb
Cat JugglerSteve Martin

Crew

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DirectorCarl Reiner

Details

Theatrical distributor
C.I.C. (UK)
Guidance
May be edited for language.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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