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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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A holiday comedy unlike any other! See more »

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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)

Gross:

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

The strings of lights for the reindeer reins change continuously from one strand to two. See more »

Quotes

Harmony Star: Ernest, I'm not really a morning person, so could you keep it down to a dull... roar?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Shameful Sequels: Ernest Goes to Jail (2014) 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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