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- Steve Martin
- Bernadette Peters
- Catlin Adams
- Mabel King
- Richard Ward
- Dick Anthony Williams
- Bill Macy
- M. Emmet Walsh
- Dick O'Neill
- Maurice Evans
Did You Know?
- When Marie is applying the face mask treatment to the older gentleman, she mentions that it will make the customer look years younger. At that moment his wife exclaims, "ahlevai," which means "I wish" in Hebrew.
- When Navin is talking to the credit-card thieves, small ($1) bills are visible on the bottom of the pile closest to the driver and larger bills closest to Navin, but when the angle switches to Navin's. the bills closest to him are $10s and $20s.
- Navin R. Johnson: For one dollar I'll guess your weight, your height, or your sex.
Atom User Reviews
I didn't find “The Jerk” very funny...There's a smarmy undercurrent in this movie that seems to imply that Steve Martin may be playing a jerk, but that we all know what a cool guy he is. Well, if you're going to play a jerk, play one as if you think you are one, or you might wind up looking like a jerk.
Director Carl Reiner has put it together so that the character (hardly) ever becomes boring, and the Martin-Carl Gottlieb-Michael Elias screenplay has just enough genuinely witty moments to keep the story rolling past its flat parts. What more can anyone say? If you like Steve Martin, you'll love this movie. If you don't, you'll laugh sometimes but wish you'd gone elsewhere. [17 Dec 1979]
Loud and ludicrous, The Jerk is a strong contender for the funniest film of all time.