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Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

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(as John Cherry)

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Cast

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Storyline

An obnoxious and bumbling but well-meaning man attempts to help Santa Claus find a successor. Failure wouild mean that there would be no Christmas. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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He's back! And this time... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

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Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chaotische Weihnachten  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,202,109 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is the only "Ernest" film to not have a villain. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, the woman from the Orlando Children's Museum introduces herself to the former Santa (Douglas Seale) as Mary "Morrison." Yet in the final credits roll, Billie Bird is listed as having played Mary "Morrissey." See more »

Quotes

Santa Claus, aka 'Seth Applegate': I don't think I quite have the magic for another season.
Businessman: I think that every time they send me to Cleveland.
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Crazy Credits

(closing wishes) Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! KnoWhutImean? See more »

Connections

Followed by Ernest Rides Again (1993) See more »

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Jim Varney at his best!!!
16 November 2001 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

This, my personal favorite Ernest film, is arguably one of the funniest. And its holiday theme adds that extra something for a comedy franchise (like Christmas Vacation did for the National Lampoon films). Basic story has Ernest literally save Christmas, with predictable but sometimes hilarious results. If you ever thought Ernest's schtick was funny, you gotta see this. And if you wanna laugh for the holidays, you can do a lot worse than this.


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