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The Jerk [DVD]
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American comedy starring Steve Martin. Navin Johnson (Martin) has never quite fitted in with his poor, black sharecropper family in Mississippi. The reason for this is finally revealed to him on his 18th birthday; he is an adopted white child, which might also explain why he gets so depressed when his brother sings the blues. Deciding to seek his fortune in the big wide world, Navin sets off on a series of misadventures. He gets his first job working as a petrol pump attendant at Harry Hartounian (Jackie Mason)'s garage, escapes to the circus and finds true love with the beautiful Marie (Bernadette Peters). But the big time really arrives when Navin makes millions as inventor of the opti-grab spectacles. His future wealth and happiness are assured, and it seems that nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?
Carl Reiner (Where's Poppa?) brought comic Steve Martin to the screen in this mostly funny 1979 movie about a relentlessly stupid but innocent man, whom we get to know from childhood (where it never occurred to him that he was white as he was raised by a family of black sharecroppers) to romance (where he doesn't quite know what to do with Bernadette Peters). Martin is game as the moron, and this is the kind of film with funny moments people still talk about. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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You will not regret buying this I promise and like all good "art" this film reveals more and more each time you watch it.
In terms of picture quality, this is the best I have ever seen the film, everything is sharper, and the colours are more vivid. Yes, you get grain, but take my word for it, you will be happy with the picture detail.
Without a doubt, one of the best comedy films EVER made!
There are a lot of very good acting performances here, some great sketches, great one – liners and a bundle of laughs at regular intervals. Yes, it’s a bit slapstick and old hat in places, a bit childish if you like, but hay, it’s worth running with as the storyline is never less than interesting. This makes a very entertaining evening, even if for some it’s not ‘alternative’ enough. At this point in Martin’s career he was a top script writer and a very good comedy actor.
Martin is basically a complete fool, who is brought up on a plantation but doesn't realise he isn't black. Theres a great sequence where the black family are all singing gospel songs and Steve Martin just can't keep time..... Of course he leaves the family and ventures into the big wide world.
Well worth getting if you like Steve Martins classic early films. This is certainly up there with "All of me" and "The Man with two Brains".
I still remember parts of the film and they still make me laugh even now, such classic songs as "picking out a thermos for you" I still sing it to my wife when we buy a new flask (sad I know).
There are so many memorable parts, I won't spoil the film by mentioning them, buy it (and what a bargain priced) and enjoy Steve Martin at his best playing the innocent fool.
The DVD encoding is not brilliant. If you buy DVD's just for the superior audio and picture quality, get this one on VHS - it seems obvious that no clean-up has been done for the DVD, which was a disappointment for me.
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I saw the film the first time in the UK. Pleased to watch again and againPublished 27 days ago by LouCostello
I stupidly bought the region 1 version so have yet to watch it, I've been told this is a good film so will try and find a way to watch it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Susan