R | | Comedy
A simple minded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivety is both his best friend, and worst enemy.
Harry Hartounian is played by Jackie Mason. Nine years later, in Caddyshack II (1988), he played Jack Hartounian.
Navin R. Johnson:
Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember...
The telephone is visible and off the hook when Navin runs toward the garage to call in the stolen credit card.
Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin)
There are some differences in network airings when Navin is narrating the letters he writes back to his family. Original network airings replaced the theatrical line, "Is Grandma still farting?" with "Is Grandma still burping?" The later prints all say, "Is Grandma still farting?" On edited versions of The Jerk when Grandma Johnson is reading Navin's letter they say that "My friend Patti promised me a job." This is in all network and standard cable prints. The theatrical release, premium cable channels, and DVD versions state the uncut sexual reference in the letter. A few commercial networks just edit out the line containing the sexual reference altogether.
$5,935,025 16 December 1979
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