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Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)

 -  Family | Comedy  -  22 May 1987 (USA)
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A group of juvenile criminals is sent for vacation to Kamp Kikakee. The clumsy Ernest has to care for them, although he doesn't even know how to take care of himself. The other children at ... See full summary »

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A group of juvenile criminals is sent for vacation to Kamp Kikakee. The clumsy Ernest has to care for them, although he doesn't even know how to take care of himself. The other children at the camp show enmity against them, but the group knows very well how to defend themselves. They do also help the Indian owner of the camp when a brutal mining corporation wants to tear down the camp to mine a rare mineral. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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22 May 1987 (USA)  »

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A Trilha do Bravo  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$23,509,382 (USA)
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Several items in Ernest's cabin - alligator puppet, picture of his mother (also portrayed by Jim Varney) - were all used on commercials Jim Varney did in the early 1980s. See more »

Goofs

Bronk's Stinson's laughter is added in later while his back is turned to the camera. When operating the bulldozer to destroy Camp Kickakee's cabins, Lyle Alzado isn't moving as he "laughs". See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worrell: One monkey don't stop no show.
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Followed by Slam Dunk Ernest (1995) See more »

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WE'RE GONNA WIN THIS ONE
Lyrics by Alice Keister
Music by Shane Keister
Performed by Ashley Cleveland
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A pleasant distraction
8 July 2011 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

Ernest's summer camp adventure is actually his second feature-length adventure after he began life in TV commercials (not a lot of people know he actually starred in Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam the year before), and it's fairly standard mid-80s family fare.

The clumsy handyman (played, by the late, ever appealing Jim Varney) gets a job as a counselor for delinquent kids who are having trouble fitting in with the more privileged lot. Through pain and pranks he manages to build their confidence. A very tacked-on subplot about an evil businessman wanting scam the Indian camp owner in order to mine the area into oblivion builds to a moderately entertaining climax as Ernest and the kids revolt.

It reminded me a lot of Meatballs and Bushwhacked (both better films) and while it's shot for the big screen (in lovely anamorphic Panavision) John Cherry still directs like it's for TV, and clearly should have done more takes and rehearsals. I doubt kids will notice or care, but it gives the film the rushed feel of a TV production.

Worth watching, if only just once.


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