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The Jerk (1979)

R   |    |  Comedy

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An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.

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  • Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in The Jerk (1979)
  • Steve Martin in The Jerk (1979)
  • Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in The Jerk (1979)
  • Steve Martin in The Jerk (1979)
  • Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in The Jerk (1979)
  • Steve Martin in The Jerk (1979)

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Did You Know?


The song that Navin and Marie sing as they walk along the beach, "Tonight You Belong to Me," was a hit in the '50s for sister duet "Patience and Prudence."


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...


When Navin is being pursued by the sniper at the gas station, the sniper fills up the car's rear end with bullet holes. Later, after Navin escapes in the car without rear tires, there are no bullet holes visible on the car's rear end.

Crazy Credits

Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin)

Alternate Versions

Other TV prints simply edit the theatrical release which omits Navin "spinning" at the amusement park, don't show the Texas Millionaire scene,and no added extra line by Navin said 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 Patti when he is visiting her trailer is often left intact. Navin's dog is simply named "Head" in this version. Billy's profanity T-shirt is not obstructed by camera angles, but the offensive word is "Whited Out."


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Sung by
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (as Brownie McGee)
Words and Music by Leadbelly (as Huddie Ledbetter)
Collected and Adapted by John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax

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