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Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director:

John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)

Writers:

Ed Turner (story), B. Kline (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest P. Worrell / Aster Clement / Auntie Nelda / The Snake Guy
Douglas Seale ... Santa
Oliver Clark ... Joe Carruthers
Noelle Parker ... Harmony (as Noëlle Parker)
Gailard Sartain ... Chuck
Billie Bird ... Mary Morrissey
Bill Byrge Bill Byrge ... Bobby
Robert Lesser ... Marty
Key Howard Key Howard ... Immigration Agent
Jack Swanson Jack Swanson ... Businessman
Buddy Douglas Buddy Douglas ... Pyramus
Patty Maloney ... Thisbe
Beecher Martin Beecher Martin ... Agent Skippy
Barry Brazell Barry Brazell ... Cab Passenger
George Kaplan George Kaplan ... Mr. Dillis
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Storyline

An obnoxious and bumbling but well-meaning man attempts to help Santa Claus find a successor. Failure wouild mean that there would be no Christmas. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A holiday comedy unlike any other! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chaotische Weihnachten See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,710,734, 13 November 1988

Gross USA:

$28,202,109

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,202,109
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Supporting actress Noelle Parker, who plays the young runaway Harmony, was born on Christmas 1971. See more »

Goofs

When Ernest arrives at the airport, his car catches air. Yet when you look closely at the sparks, it is actually a grind rail. See more »

Quotes

Harmony Star: Ernest, I'm not really a morning person, so could you keep it down to a dull... roar?
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Crazy Credits

(closing wishes) Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! KnoWhutImean? See more »

Alternate Versions

Some VHS and DVD prints have slightly different opening and closing credit sequences, notably some have "and Douglas Seale as Santa Claus," while others just have "and Douglas Seale." The closing credits on some prints also feature smaller type. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Ernest Scared Stupid (2010) See more »

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It silly. It is harmless. It is fun. And it is underrated
24 November 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Ernest Saves Christmas is a very underrated Christmas holiday flick. I will agree that it is very silly, and certainly not Oscar worthy. Don't expect a sophisticated plot, and a superlative script. Expect a harmless and fun Christmas comedy, that way you are in for a good time.

While very predictable in plotting and rather repetitive and slow in the middle half; especially in the first thirty minutes Ernest Saves Christmas does have its funny moments. And I must say the scene with the magic sleigh was uproariously funny. Amongst the humour, is an in general heart-warming story about Santa and his attempts to find a successor.

The camera-work may be a tad dated, but the music is very nice indeed. And I actually thought the acting is above decent, with the late (and talented) Jim Varney wonderfully spirited as Ernest and Douglas Seale is simply great as Santa. The opening credits with the collage of Christmas carols were a delight.

Ernest Saves Christmas is an above average seasonal comedy about the power of belief and the dignity of an individual. It is far from a masterpiece, but seriously I wasn't expecting it to be. I got exactly what I wanted, a fun film that while predictable and silly is lots of fun too. I do also think it is underrated; there are much worse movies out there, namely any of the Friedberg-Seltzer movies, Home Alone 4 and Superbabies:Baby Geniuses 2. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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