The Jerk

The Jerk (1979)

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1h 34min
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Steve Martin
Navin R. Johnson
Bernadette Peters
Marie Kimble Johnson
Catlin Adams
Patty Bernstein
Carl Gottlieb
Iron Balls McGinty
Bill Macy
Stan Fox
Sonny Terry
Blues Singer
Brownie McGhee
Blues Singer
Jackie Mason
Harry Hartounian
Larry Hankin
Circus Hand (uncredited)
Howard Hesseman
Carnival Worker (uncredited)
Rob Reiner
Truck Driver Picking Up Navin (uncredited)


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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