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The Daily Movie Quote: The Jerk

Updated on October 5, 2010
Steve Martin is Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk
Steve Martin is Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk

"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 the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi..." - Navin R. Johnson, The Jerk (1979)

Universal Pictures, rated R, 104 minutes.

Directed By: Carl Reiner


Steve Martin - Navin R. Johnson

Bernadette Peters - Marie Kimble Johnson

Catlin Adams - Patty Bernstein

Mabel King - Mother

Richard Ward - Father

M. Emmet Walsh - Madman

Dick O'Neil - Frosty

Domestic Box Office Gross: $73,691,419

Synopsis: A moron, Navin R. Johnson, decides to set out and discover the world only to have everyone take advantage of him. A freak invention makes Navin extremely wealthy, which brings a new set of circumstances for the idiot to contend with.

Fact: Premiere voted The Jerk one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time".

Trivia: Steve Martin also plays the cat juggler, Pig Eye Jackson and Engineer Fred in the film.

Movie Mistake: Navin finds his name, in the new phone book, on the right page. The madman finds it on the left.

My Take: Ha! What a laugh out loud, unbelievably funny movie. It's a little bitter sweet for me because I was a big fan of Steve Martin's stand up comedy and after this film was released he became a movie star thus all but eliminating it. The flip side is that he's one of my favorite movie actors out there.

Related Hub: Favorite Quotes from Steve Martin

Yesterday's Daily Movie Quote: Fight Club


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      Roy 3 years ago

      Hi Greg;Just tried to load up ParameterJerk 2013 and got a startup error.I know those are uualsly user errors, but I'm pretty sure I have everything in the right place. I copied the .dll and the .addin files toC:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addins\2013First time, I just left the .addin exactly as you wrote it. Then I tried putting the full path in the section for MakeToolBar, but still got the same error.I'm running Revit Architecture 2013 SP1 under Windows 7-64The .dll is dated 10/02/2012 1:57PMHere's the message:Revit cannot run the external application makeToolBarForParameterJerk2013 . Contact theblah, blah, blahSystem.IO.FileLoadExecptionCould not load file or assembly file:///C:\ProgramData\Autodesk\Revit\Addin \parameterJerk2013.dll or one of its dependencies. Operation is not supported. (Exception fromHRESULT: 0 80131515)

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      Andy Webb 7 years ago

      Both of the origals are definitely worth a watch especially if you enjoy older movies.

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      Skaditch 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Are they any good?

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      Andy Webb 7 years ago

      Not many people do and even fewer know that the sequel was also a remake of "Father's Little Dividend".

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      Skaditch 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Wow! I never knew that it was a remake. I'm gonna have to check that out.

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      Andy Webb 7 years ago

      You've got one up on me there as I've not seen The Spanish Prisoner. But I definitely agree about The Father of the Bride, it may not be as good as the original but Martin plays the role brilliantly.

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      Skaditch 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Planes Trains and Automobiles is my favorite Steve Martin film. I also thought Father of the Bride was awesome as well. Did you ever se him play a villian in The Spanish Prisoner?

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      Andy Webb 7 years ago

      It's strange because I really like Steve Martin but I just don't like "The Jerk", I don't know what it is as I like his stand up routines. But give me "The Man With Two Brains", "Roxanne" or "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and I am as happy as Larry.


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