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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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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ernest Saves Christmas  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,202,109 (USA)
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Trivia

During filming, production ran into trouble when the reindeer began to shed their antlers, so replacement antlers had to be obtained. See more »

Goofs

Ernest shouts to the nervous taxi passenger after pushing him on the conveyor belt, yet his lips don't move. See more »

Quotes

Santa Claus, aka 'Seth Applegate': Joe... search your heart. There must be something there to convince you of the truth.
Joe Curruthers: In a way, I wish there was... but I haven't seen anything yet.
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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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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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