The Jerk (1979)

Who can forget the moving film adaptation of Navine Johnson, a poor sharecropper’s son who never dreamed he was adopted?

The Jerk stars Martin, Bernadette Peters, Mabel King, Richard Ward, Bill Macy, Maurice Evans, and M. Emmet Walsh. It was directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, and Michael Elias. This would be Maurice Evans final motion picture role.

It just so happens that last Sunday was Steve Martin’s 66th birthday, so take a moment and treat yourself to this absolutely hilarious and highly quotable comedy in his honor!


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6 thoughts on “The Jerk (1979)

  1. The speech Steve Martin gives about how many days he and his girlfriend have been dating makes me laugh out loud every time I see it … Oh, and when Peters pulls out that trumped on the beach … oh man I just laughed and I’m not even watching the movie!! What a classic!

  2. Agreed, friends! I’ve noticed on the bottom right of the poster it says we should all read the Warner Book.

    Hm. I wonder if the novelization would be just as funny as the film. ;)

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Such a wonderfully goofy movie.

    And somehow I doubt the novel would have the strength of Steve Martin’s comedic powers, Vic, but now I’m dying to find out.

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