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Ernest Goes to Camp (1987)

PG | | Comedy, Family | 22 May 1987 (USA)
Ernest, a lovable loser who works as a summer camp handyman and dreams of becoming a guidance councilor, must find a way to inspire a group of juvenile delinquents as well as stop a shady strip mining company from closing the camp.

Director:

John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)

Writers:

John R. Cherry III (screenplay) (as John Cherry), Coke Sams (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest P. Worrell
Victoria Racimo ... Nurse St. Cloud
John Vernon ... Sherman Krader
Iron Eyes Cody ... Old Indian 'Chief St. Cloud'
Lyle Alzado ... Bronk Stinson (Foreman)
Gailard Sartain ... Jake (Chef #1)
Daniel Butler Daniel Butler ... Eddie (Chef #2)
Patrick Day ... Bobby Wayne
Scott Menville ... Crutchfield
Jacob Vargas ... Butch 'Bubba' Vargas
Danny Capri Danny Capri ... Danny
Hakeem Abdul-Samad ... Moustafa 'Moose' Hakeem Jones
Todd Loyd Todd Loyd ... Chip Ozgood
Andrew Woodworth Andrew Woodworth ... Pennington
Richard Speight Jr. ... Brooks
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Storyline

At the beginning Ernest gets a shot by Miss. St.cloud then they get a group of kids from a institution. Then Ernest becomes a camp counselor. Later on Ernest gets bit by fire ants at a picnic with Nurse St.cloud and the Chief which is Miss. St.clouds Grandfather. Then The Chief is tricked into selling the camp by Krader Mining company. Then Ernest gets beat up and Miss. St.cloud patches him up. Then he saves Kamp Kikike which is where they live and they become a year round camp.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Trilha do Bravo See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,171,957, 25 May 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,509,382
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several items in Ernest's cabin - alligator puppet, picture of his mother (also portrayed by Jim Varney) - were all used on commercials Jim Varney did in the early 1980s. See more »

Goofs

When Ernest first meets the "second chance boys", the boy with the yellow shirt's sunglasses disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

Quotes

[the camp sign falls on Ernest]
Mr. Tipton: What happened?
Chief St. Cloud: Ernest broke the sign.
Mr. Tipton: Well, at least nobody was hurt.
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Alternate Versions

In the Touchstone DVD re-release, the credits have been re-digitized from the old red font to a new, fancier one. See more »


Soundtracks

GEE I'M GLAD IT'S RAININ'
Lyrics by Alice Keister
Music by Shane and Alice Keister
Performed by Jim Varney
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One of the best summer camp movie ever!
21 June 2004 | by jellyneckrSee all my reviews

Wacky and undeniably funny, the Ernest movies are one of a kind. No other movie series can capture the same level of fun slapstick hijinks and goofiness of the Ernest series, not even the POLICE ACADEMY movies.

When I first saw this movie, I didn't think much of it. I didn't think it was a bad movie, but I didn't think that it was a good movie either. However, after seeing the movie a second time, I grew to appreciate the crazy antics of Ernest and he instantly became one of my favorite movie characters.

It is in ERNEST GOES TO CAMP that Ernest is at his best. The movie contains some hilarious scenes between Ernest and the campers, which help make this one of the best summer camp movies ever. Jim Varney, possibly the most underrated actor of the 1990s, was able to create such a unique and interesting character with this movie that it is really hard to dislike Ernest. There is a little Ernest in us all. Rest in peace, Jim Varney. Your legacy lives on!


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