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The title says it all. There's a mix up involving stolen diamonds which Ernest has (naturally) made into a yo-yo and given to his would be girlfriend, Rene. But Rene wants a man of action, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest P. Worrel / Hey You, the Hindu / Auntie Nelda / African Woman dancer
Jamie Bartlett ...
Claire Marshall ...
Betty, Rene's serving mate
Washington Xisolo ...
Robert Whitehead ...
Zane Meas ...
Charles Pillai ...
Sello Sebotsane ...
Frank Opperman ...
Thug #1
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Thug #2
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David Germond ...


The title says it all. There's a mix up involving stolen diamonds which Ernest has (naturally) made into a yo-yo and given to his would be girlfriend, Rene. But Rene wants a man of action, and doesn't think that Ernest fits the bill. After the bad guys come looking for the stolen diamonds and kidnap Rene, all of her fantasies come true as Ernest has to go to Africa to rescue her. Written by Anonymous

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diamond | rescue | yo yo | africa | kidnapping | See more »


And Africa Will Never Be The Same!


Family | Comedy

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Rated PG for language, some mild violence and brief sexual innuendo | See all certifications »

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September 1997 (Portugal)  »

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Ernest Afrikassa  »

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At one point, Earnest mentions a (fictional) movie called "Illinois Smith and the Curse of Hitler's Brain". The Indiana Jones reference is obvious, but there was actually a movie called They Saved Hitler's Brain (1968). See more »


Followed by Ernest in the Army (1998) See more »

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Brief moments of brilliance
1 April 2000 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Jim Varney's performances as the Harem Girl and A.U. are amazingly funny--on a level surpassing Chaplin and Keaton. Linda Kash is great in her once-in-a-lifetime role as the hometown waffle waitress longing for adventure. Unfortunately, the remaining 90% of the movie was unwatchably bad due to the atrocious plot. The makers of Ernest Goes to Africa did not rise to the creative challenges inherent in low budget film production. Only worth seeing on cable.

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