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The Jerk (14-Dec-1979)

Director: Carl Reiner

Writers: Steve Martin; Carl Gottlieb; Michael Elias

Music Composed and Conducted by: Jack Elliott

Producers: David V. Picker; William E. McEuen

Keywords: Comedy

Steve Martin is Navin R. Johnson, raised by an African-American family, is a dim and innocent man who discovers only at age 30 that he was adopted. Coming to terms with that revelation, he leaves Mississippi to venture into the bright world. Working as a gas station attendant, he gets his name in the phone book and invents the "Optigrab", a device to keep glasses from sliding down one's nose. Good showcase for Martin's oddball slapstick.

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CAST

Steve Martin   ...   Navin
Starring
Bernadette Peters   ...   Marie
Catlin Adams   ...   Patty Bernstein
Mabel King   ...   Mother
Richard Ward   ...   Father
Dick Anthony Williams   ...   Taj
Bill Macy   ...   Stan Fox
M. Emmet Walsh   ...   Madman
Dick O'Neill   ...   Frosty
Maurice Evans   ...   Hobart
Helena Carroll   ...   Hester
Co-Starring
Ren Wood   ...   Elvira
Pepe Serna   ...   Punk #1
Sonny Terry   ...   Blues Singer
Brownie McGee   ...   Blues Singer
and
Jackie Mason   ...   Harry Hartounian
Co-Starring
David Landsberg   ...   Bank Manager
Domingo Ambriz   ...   Fr. De Cordoba
Richard Foronjy   ...   Con Man
Lenny Montana   ...   Con Man
Carl Gottlieb   ...   Iron Balls McGinty
Clete Roberts   ...   Announcer
Featuring
Frances E. Williams   ...   Grandma Johnson
Sharon Johansen   ...   Mrs. Hartounian
Trinidad Silva   ...   Punk
Lillian Adams   ...   Tillie
Tom J. Delaney   ...   Tourist
Alfred Dennis   ...   Irving
Ken Magee   ...   Carnival Rube
Lydia McGhee   ...   Cleotis Johnson
Niko Denise Holmes   ...   Satch Johnson
Shawn Harris   ...   Pierre Johnson
Niles Harris   ...   Leroy Johnson
Susan Denise Harrison   ...   Lisa Johnson
Douglas S. Close   ...   Fireman
Alston Ahern   ...   Bride
Lawrence Green   ...   Father of Bride
Marc Loge   ...   Farm Boy
Jon Leichter   ...   Billy
Pig Eye Jackson   ...   Cat Juggler
Joe Lynn   ...   Voodoo Dancer
Maurice Marsac   ...   French Waiter
Gene LeBell   ...   Con Man
Fred Lerner   ...   Con Man
Jerry G. Velasco   ...   Man in Garden
Kimberly Cameron   ...   Disco Party
Elizabeth Macey   ...   Disco Party
Richie Reiner   ...   Disco Party
Daniel Trevor   ...   Disco Party
Carl Reiner   ...   Himself

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