The Jerk
The Jerk
Directed By Carl Reiner
Written By Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, Michael Elias
Cast Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, M. Emmet Walsh
Produced By David V. Picker, William E. McEuen
Film Editing By Bud Molin, Ron Spang
Cinematography By Victor J. Kemper
Music By Jack Elliott

United States



Release Date

December 14, 1979


94 Minutes

Rating R
Distributed By

Universal Pictures

Budget $4,000,000
Gross $73,691,419



  • Steve Martin as Navin R. Johnson, Cat Juggler
  • Bernadette Peters as Marie Kimble Johnson
  • M. Emmet Walsh as Madman
  • Jackie Mason as Harry Hartounian
  • Dick O'Neill as Frosty
  • Mabel King as Mother
  • Richard Ward as Father
  • Bill Macy as Stan Fox
  • Catlin Adams as Patty Bernstein
  • Maurice Evans as Hobart
  • Helena Carroll as Hester
  • Ren Woods as Elvira Jonson
  • Carl Gottlieb as Iron Balls McGinty
  • Dick Anthony Williams as Taj
  • Domingo Ambriz as Father De Cordoba
  • Frances E. Williams as Grandma Johnson
  • Lydia McGhee as Cleotis Johnson
  • Niko Denise Holmes as Satch Johnson
  • Shawn Harris as Pierre Johnson
  • Nyles Harris as Leroy Johnson
  • Susan Denise Harrison as Lisa Johnson
  • Jon Leichter as Billy
  • Lillian Adams as Tillie
  • Carl Reiner as Himself
  • William Schallert as Judge M.A. Loring