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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>

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Taglines:

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 Orlando Children's Museum is now called the Orlando Science Center. See more »

Goofs

One of the reindeer's "power-up" lights turns on before its name is called. See more »

Quotes

Animal Officer #1: [they have just discovered the particulars of Chuck's animal control problem] Oh... FLYING... reindeer. Um, that's not us. You want air traffic control.
Animal Officer #2: Uh yeah, air traffic control.
[they flee]
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Kenan & Kel: Doing Things the Hemingway (1996) See more »

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Jim Varney at his best!!!
16 November 2001 | by formula44xxxSee all my reviews

This, my personal favorite Ernest film, is arguably one of the funniest. And its holiday theme adds that extra something for a comedy franchise (like Christmas Vacation did for the National Lampoon films). Basic story has Ernest literally save Christmas, with predictable but sometimes hilarious results. If you ever thought Ernest's schtick was funny, you gotta see this. And if you wanna laugh for the holidays, you can do a lot worse than this.


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