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Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy  |  11 November 1988 (USA)
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Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

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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 »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chaotische Weihnachten  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,202,109 (USA)
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Trivia

Ernest's pickup full of snakes has a sign that reads "Apopka Snakes". Executive producer Joseph Akerman went to high school in Apopka Florida, a suburb of Orlando, where most filming was done. See more »

Goofs

When Ernest is driving the sleigh, right before the shot of the FTD billboard ad, the elves in the back seat disappear for one shot. See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worell: [disguised as Marty Brock's mother] Don't try to defend him, honey, there's no future in it.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Elves (2011) See more »

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A Holiday Classic (Laugh All You Want)
9 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe "Ernest Saves Christmas" will never be one of the most well-respected holiday comedies ever made. Maybe it didn't win the Best Picture Academy Award. Maybe it isn't a four-star movie or even a very popular one, but it's still a Christmas must every year. Underneath the layers of "Hee-Haw"-level blue-collar humor so synonymous with Ernest is a Christmas movie with heart-- surprising for the classic character. In a funny way, it almost seems like a different take on "Miracle on 34th Street"-- the old man who knows he's Santa Claus and the cynical young girl who says it isn't so. "Ernest Saves Christmas" remains one of the ideal holiday comedies around, whether it was a serious movie or not.


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