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Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 6 April 1990 (USA)
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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Comedy | Crime | Family

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6 April 1990 (USA)  »

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Ernesto pierde su puesto  »

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$25,029,569 (USA)
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Trivia

Among the famous eccentric actors whom Ernest imitates in jail when trying out for "Mr. Nash", are James Cagney, Walter Brennan, Humphrey Bogart, Barry Fitzgerald, Sylvester Stallone, and James Mason. See more »

Goofs

Right after the waiter gives the menus to Ernest and Charlotte, the camera angle changes and you can see him walking away, and hear him saying "I'll give you a minute to look over your menus" as if he was still standing there. See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worrell: [to lawyer as he's being taken to the chair] You pal, you're not getting anymore of my business!
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Connections

Referenced in Ernest in the Army (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Nash Sleaze
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Arntson
Performed by Bruce Arntson
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Making a murderer eat your heart out
1 February 2016 | by (your momma's house ;>D) – See all my reviews

We're in Ernestville now baby, and the train just won't stop chugging Ernest's hard wang of comedy justice. This movie taught me so much about the government and how we accidentally trick janitors into jury duty. My favorite scene is when Ernest's mushroom tip is exposed in the courtroom, and the judge orders it to be cut off. Why can't people watch this movie and accept that the justice system is flawed and we should let Jim Varney's corpse make our decisions. A classic moment in the film is when the veterans tie Ernest's nipples to the top of the Empire State Building and toss him off the side. Its also funny when Ernest is at the hospital and rats make love to the hole in his heart. Perhaps my favorite scene in the whole movie is when Ernest's doctor whacks Ernest's wang off in front of the dying children's hospital, and the children are delighted by the extreme humiliation Ernest experiences from being sexually taken advantage of. 10 stars


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