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Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

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Cast

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Ernest P. Worrell / Aster Clement / Auntie Nelda / The Snake Guy
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Oliver Clark ...
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Harmony (as Noëlle Parker)
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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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A holiday comedy unlike any other! 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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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,202,109 (USA)
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The second time in two years that Billie Bird and Douglas Seale appeared together. They played an elderly couple in a Cheers (1982) that aired in 1987. 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

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 »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Earnest I am when I say this is an enjoyable, family flick for the holidays
24 October 2007 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Ernest (Jim Varney) is a cab driver who runs the airport routes in a big city. One day, he crashes his taxi into the unloading area of the airport and must make a beeline out of the site. Seeing a white-bearded gentleman who needs a cab, he hustles the old guy into his clutches and speeds off. Although Ernest sings "O Christmas Tree" with only these three words, he's really a nice guy. But, when the bearded one tells Ernest that his name is Santa Claus, Ernest doesn't really believe him. He drops the old man off, however, at a retirement home, as requested. Picking up a Christmas tree that fell off a truck and a homeless young teenage girl with an attitude, Ernest makes his way over to Vern's house to decorate. But, wait. The old man left his red, very large duffle-type bag on board. As Ernest opens the bag, he gets a glimpse of the bag's magical powers. Could this really have been Santa? Trying to return the sack to Mr. Claus, Ernest learns, however, that the old man has been thrown in jail. Is it up to Ernest to make sure Santa can fly on his big day? This is a sweet and fun family film that borrows a bit from Miracle on 34th Street and other holiday flicks. There is only one Ernest, of course, and Varney provides much comedic mayhem with his unique character. Just watch him talk about "channel number 5 perfume" or a "failure to accumulate" and you will be laughing heartily. His expressions are priceless, too. The rest of the cast, although unknown, are fine as well. No one will find fault with the look of the film, either, as the costumes, sets, and production values are high. Perhaps you have heard that Varney's humor is sometimes of the gross-out nature and you would rather not share his films with your family. Please, do reconsider when it comes to this one. Its humor is infectious, not offensive, and its sweet tale will warm the hearts of its viewers. So, make a batch of mulled, spiced cider and buttered popcorn and put this one into the home theater machine in the very near future.


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