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Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

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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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Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chaotische Weihnachten  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,202,109 (USA)
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Trivia

When Santa arrives at the airport and hands his ID to the man at the counter it says he is from Prussia. See more »

Goofs

When Ernest runs away from the conveyor belt he says "have a nice day" but his mouth doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Harmony Star: [it starts to snow, in spite of the tropical climate] What's going on?
Santa Claus, aka 'Seth Applegate': CHRISTMAS is going on!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Follows The Ernest Film Festival (1986) See more »

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22 April 2013 | by (Alpha Centauri) – See all my reviews

Ernest is definitely one of a kind. There is more to him than meets the eye. I like his movies, and I really like this one. It is funny and has the Christmas message that all good Christmas movies have.

Ernest always took himself very seriously at not being serious. There are no pretensions in his movies. If you come to his movies expecting normal acting that follows the usual standard formulas for comedy, you will be delighted if you understand what he is doing.

I wonder sometimes if he isn't a misunderstood genius. He always knew what he was doing.

Anyway, I think it's a good Christmas movie for the family.


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