The Jerk

The Jerk (1979)

A rags to riches to rags story.

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After discovering he's not really black like the rest of his family, likable dimwit Navin Johnson runs off on a hilarious misadventure in this comedy classic that takes him from rags to riches and back to rags again. The slaphappy jerk strikes it rich, but life in the fast lane isn't all it's cracked up to be and, in the end, all that really matters to Johnson is his true love.

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  • Steve Martin

    as Navin R. Johnson
  • Bernadette Peters

    as Marie Kimble Johnson
  • Catlin Adams

    as Patty Bernstein
  • Mabel King

    as Mother
  • Richard Ward

    as Father
  • Carl Gottlieb

    as Iron Balls McGinty
  • Dick Anthony Williams

    as Taj
  • Bill Macy

    as Stan Fox
  • M. Emmet Walsh

    as Madman
  • Dick O'Neill

    as Frosty
  • Maurice Evans

    as Hobart
  • Helena Carroll

    as Hester
  • Ren Woods

    as Elvira
  • Pepe Serna

    as Punk #1
  • Sonny Terry

    as Blues Singer
  • Brownie McGhee

    as Blues Singer
  • Jackie Mason

    as Harry Hartounian
  • Carl Reiner

    as Himself
Directing Carl Reiner Director
Art Jack T. Collis Production Design
Production Peter Macgregor-Scott Associate Producer
Costume & Make-Up Theadora Van Runkle Costume Design
Writing Carl Gottlieb Screenplay
Production David V. Picker Producer
Art Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration
Camera Victor J. Kemper Director of Photography
Writing Steve Martin Screenplay
Editing Bud Molin Editor
Sound Jack Elliott Original Music Composer
Production William E. McEuen Producer
Editing Ron Spang Editor
Production Penny Perry Casting
Writing Michael Elias Screenplay
Production Geno Havens Casting