R | | Comedy
A simpleminded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivete is both his best friend and his worst enemy.
The production notes on the DVD state that a Klieg-lighted world premiere of the film's trailer was held in the spring of 1979. The trailer came in under budget and on schedule,saving the studio $110 and about 200 feet of film. Newspaper ads declared that the show would run from 8.00 pm to 8.02 pm and that no one would be admitted to the screening after the first six seconds.
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 visibly off the hook when Navin runs toward the garage to call in the stolen credit card.
Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin)
Other TV prints simply edit the theatrical release which omit Navin "spinning" at the amusement park, the Texas millionaire scene, and Navin's extra line to Mr. Hartounian at the gas station: "You'll pay me $1.10 if I work here an hour?" No conversation between Navin and the man with the "unpleasant photographs" exists in this version. Suggested sexual dialogue by Patty when he is visiting her trailer is often left intact. Navin's dog is simply named "Head" in this version. Billy's profane T-shirt is not obstructed by camera angles; the offensive word is whited-out.
$5,935,025 16 December 1979