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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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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:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chaotische Weihnachten  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,710,734 (USA) (13 November 1988)

Gross:

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

At the very beginning of the movie, the plane that lands is a 2 engine DC-9 (or possibly an MD-80, an updated version of a DC-9). But the plane at the gate is a 3 engine Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worell: [disguised as a snake rancher, referring to the venomous snakes in the back of his truck] Ya want one fer yer boy? I gave one to my boy last year...
[removes his hat]
Ernest P. Worell: [singing] Rock of ages... a-cleft fer me... let me hide myself in thee... That's all these movie people want..."pisin"!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Follows Hey, Vern, It's Ernest! (1988) See more »

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An Annual Christmas Tradition
29 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

I thought I had already written a review, but either I was mistaken or IMDb deleted it. Having seen this film five times in the last five years, it is surely one that sicks with me. Some -- myself included -- will say "Ernest Goes to Camp" is among the best in the series, as is "Ernest Scared Stupid". But only one, "Ernest Saves Christmas", has the appeal to make it one to see every December (or late November).

Perfect casting for Santa, some stupid humor. Some offbeat humor (the "Santa's Slay" but is awesome). A feel-good message. And what a breakthrough role for Noelle Parker, who went on to star as Amy Fisher and then have her own television series, "Sisters". I am surprised she not got any bigger than she is... would love to hear her on an audio commentary for this film.


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