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Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

 -  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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There were a few extended and deleted scenes that were not featured in the original version of the movie, but were in some made-for-TV versions. 1. There was an extended scene where Ernest was washing himself in a washing machine, and was staggering after he stepped out. 2. A scene where Ernest was trying to sneak out of jail and was found by the searchlights. Then, he was making shadow puppets. 3. An extended scene where Nash (as Ernest) was in Mr. Penalsmythe's office negotiating the clerk job. 4. A deleted scene where Ernest was working as a bank clerk. See more »

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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 »

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Ernest P. Worrell: [after being electricuted by the electrical chair] You beeter watch out Ruben. I'll zot you.
Rubin Bartlett: You're a dead man, Worrell.
Ernest P. Worrell: Very well. You know I am Ernest P. Worrell, electro-man.
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Follows Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) See more »

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Doin' Time
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Arntson
Performed by Bruce Arntson
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Blowed Up
2 October 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Visiting a "maximum security" prison during jury duty, hapless bank janitor Jim Varney (as Ernest P. Worrell) is switched with a look-alike inmate named "Felix Nash" (also played by Mr. Varney). Now incarcerated, Ernest at first thinks he's sequestered, but he realizes he's in prison quickly enough (considering). Out of jail free, nasty Mr. Nash can't believe his good luck upon discovering he now works in a bank with kissable blonde Barbara Bush (as Charlotte Sparrow). Eventually, Ernest must set things right. In this one, Ernest has haphazard magnetic powers, which come in handy during execution.

**** Ernest Goes to Jail (4/6/90) John Cherry ~ Jim Varney, Barbara Bush, Gailard Sartain, Bill Byrge


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