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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 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

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He's back! And this time... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only Ernest movie in which Vern "appears". See more »

Goofs

The strings of lights for the reindeer reins change continuously from one strand to two. See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worell: You know, I don't tell many people this, but Christmas is just about my favorite time. Ever since I was a little kid, I always felt like it was my own personal holiday.
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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

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

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A Holiday Classic (Laugh All You Want)
9 December 2006 | by RiffRaffMcKinleySee all my reviews

Maybe "Ernest Saves Christmas" will never be one of the most well-respected holiday comedies ever made. Maybe it didn't win the Best Picture Academy Award. Maybe it isn't a four-star movie or even a very popular one, but it's still a Christmas must every year. Underneath the layers of "Hee-Haw"-level blue-collar humor so synonymous with Ernest is a Christmas movie with heart-- surprising for the classic character. In a funny way, it almost seems like a different take on "Miracle on 34th Street"-- the old man who knows he's Santa Claus and the cynical young girl who says it isn't so. "Ernest Saves Christmas" remains one of the ideal holiday comedies around, whether it was a serious movie or not.


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