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Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Family  |  6 April 1990 (USA)
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Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank ... See full summary »

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Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank employee, while Ernest undergoes Nash's sentence to the electric chair. But instead of killing him, the electrocution gives Ernest superhuman powers, enabling him to escape from jail and foil Nash's attempt to rob the bank. Written by Mark Hettler <markh@nstl.com>

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Guilty of Maximum Fun in the First Degree!

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$25,029,569 (USA)
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Of all the famously eccentric actors whom Ernest imitates at a mirror in jail, Sylvester Stallone is the only actor who was not a classic one at the time. He is the only actor who was still alive and who was still acting in movies during and after the time this movie was made. See more »

Goofs

The pan lid flies into Ernest's face in the restaurant with its handle towards him. When he pulls it off, the handle is facing away from him. See more »

Quotes

Felix Nash: This guy is better off in jail.
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Referenced in Ernest in the Army (1998) See more »

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Coconut Tree
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Arntson
Performed by Bruce Arntson
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ernest goes to jail is the best of all the ernest movies
7 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

this is the best ernest movie. it's funny,and entertaining. the plot is pretty good also,but a lot of the situations are totally unreal. but it's still good fun. they should've stopped after this one,because the ernest movies got too unfunny,and dumb. i give ernest goes to jail *** out of ****


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