The Jerk Movie Review 1979

Information and Film Reviews for The Jerk the Movie

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A jerk tells his rags-to-riches-to-rags story in comedic flashbacks, from "I was born a poor Black child," through his entrepreneurial success in his invention of the "Optigrab," to his inevitable decline. Only film in history with a dog named "Shithead." Martin's first starring role, back in his wild and crazy days; his ridiculous misadventures pay tribute to Jerry Lewis movies of the late '60s. Followed by a TV version released in 1984 as "The Jerk Too," with Mark Blankfield as the Jerk.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 94 minutes.

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Slapstick Comedy, Rags to Riches, Stupid Is..., Top Grossing Films of 1979, Director/Star Teams: Reiner & Martin, Birthdays, Carnivals & Circuses, Inventors & Inventions, King of Beasts (Dogs)
Michael Elias, Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb
Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Bill Macy, Jackie Mason, Mabel King, Richard Ward, M. Emmet Walsh, Dick O'Neill, Maurice Evans, Pepe Serna, Trinidad Silva, Carl Gottlieb
Victor Kemper
Carl Reiner
Jack Elliott
Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner
William E. McEuen, David Picker

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