The Jerk

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The Jerk ★★½ 1979 (R)

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. 94m/C VHS, DVD, HD DVD . 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; Cameos: Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner; D: Carl Reiner; W: Michael Elias, Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb; C: Victor Kemper; M: Jack Elliott.