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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 <>

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


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chaotische Weihnachten  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$28,202,109 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Along with Mr Bean and Pee wee Herman, Ernest P Worrell is considered to be one of the greatest family entertainers of all time. See more »


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


Ernest P. Worell: [gesturing to Santa's sack] You better check it out.
Santa Claus, aka 'Seth Applegate': Why?
Ernest P. Worell: Call it... Uh, a fifth sense. Call it a flash of intermission, but I just got this feeling deep down in the heart of my bottom.
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(closing wishes) Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! KnoWhutImean? See more »


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

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Fun, delightful, Christmas Movie
20 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

If you wasn't to thrilled with Ernest Goes to Camp, write it off and give this one a shot. A good story involving Ernest helping Santa Clause find a replacement before Christmas Eve is fun, and delightful. Jim Varney again does a terrific job playing the dimwitted goofball. Entertaining from start to finish, this is the best of the Ernest series.

Rating: B

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