Jerk 26th Anniversary Edition

Directed By: Carl Reiner Starring: Steve Martin Bernadette Peters

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Greatest Comedy Ever?

on 12/1/2006

Probably. Steve Martin at his absolute best. I can watch this movie a couple times a week and still laugh hard through it. If you are even a little Steve Martin fan, rent this, then you'll buy it. I can't recommend it any stronger than that. This is a MUST-OWN if you enjoy comedy.

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A complete imbecile struggles to make it through life on his own, until a strange invention makes him unbelievably wealthy.


Studio Universal
SKU 40715972
UPC 025192734021
UPC 14 00025192734021
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2012
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 340
Rags To Riches
Theatrical Release
Wise Fools
Editors Note
Note Navin Johnson, a none-too-bright white boy raised by a family of black sharecroppers, somehow manages to reach adulthood without ever discovering he was adopted. His parents finally tell him the truth on his birthday and, shocked by the news, he decides to head off to the big city to seek his fortune. Although he embarks on his odyssey with Candide-like optimism, Navin soon learns the cruel ways of the world as his crazy invention--a device to stop one's glasses from sliding--leads him from rags to riches and back to rags. Steve Martin is riotous in this no-holds-barred broad slapstick comedy, with Bernadette Peters playing his accepting love interest. Jackie Mason, M. Emmet Walsh, and Bill Macy are excellent in small roles, but the focus is always on Martin, who is at his goofy best in a film loaded with hysterical sight gags and a dog whose name cannot be said on television.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "I was born a poor black child."--Navin Johnson (Steve Martin), narrating the story of his life
Quote "He hates these cans!"--Navin, fleeing a madman (M. Emmet Walsh) with a gun
New York Times "...Martin proves himself -- often hilariously -- to be nobody's fool....Funny, vulgar and backhandedly clever..." 12/14/1979 p.C12
Total Film "...Martin's first major lead is a wonderfully excessive line-up of physical gags and puerile, sitcom-style set-pieces..." 03/01/2001 p.95
Premiere "[The film] uses many of the bits Martin was doing in his standup act at the time." 04/01/2004 p.60
Entertainment Weekly "[Martin] earned leading-man status in this un-PC classic..." 07/29/2005 p.54
Carl Reiner
Steve Martin
Bernadette Peters
Cast & Crew
Bernadette Peters - Actor
Carl Gottlieb - Writer
Carl Reiner - Director
Catlin Adams - Actor
David V. Picker - Producer
Jack Elliott - Musical Score
Mabel King - Actor
Steve Martin - Actor
Steve Martin - Writer
Victor J. Kemper - Director of Photography
William E. McEuen - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
Catalog ID 61027340
UPC 00025192734021
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
ReviewSource VideoHoundÕs Golden Movie Retriever
Review MartinÕs first starring role, back in his wild and crazy days; his ridiculous misadventures pay tribute to Jerry Lewis movies of the late Õ60s.
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Actor Martin,Steve
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard MaltinÕs Movie & Video Guide Some very funny moments...

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