The Jerk (1979)
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Let’s go back to 1979.
Directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, and Michael Elias.
This was Martin’s first starring role in a feature film.
The film also stars Bernadette Peters, M. Emmet Walsh, and Jackie Mason.
Navin R. Johnson is the white adopted son of black sharecroppers, who grows to adulthood naïvely unaware of his obvious adoption. He stands out in his family not just because of his skin color but because of his utter lack of rhythm when his adopted family plays spirited blues music.
We’ll leave it at that, the rest is a non-stop riot of going from rich to poor and back to poor.. or is it?
The movie had a small budget of only 4 million dollars and brought in over 100 million dollars at the box office.
Source: Sal Amato