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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 by), B. Kline (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest P. Worrell
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

Ernest P. Worell, a sweet but silly taxi driver who at times suffers delusions of grandeur, has just chauffeured a rather extraordinary fare: "His Great Red Oneness, the Claus" himself. It seems Santa hasn't got the magic for another Christmas season, and has come to Orlando, Florida for Joe Carruthers, the man he has chosen as his successor. But things quickly begin to unravel, thanks to Joe's meddling agent and Santa's increasingly unreliable memory. Incredibly, dimwitted Ernest soon becomes Santa's only hope! Joining forces with a young runaway named "Harmony Star", Ernest rushes to save the holidays as we know them. Written by Madkap

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jim Varney and Douglas Seale both started in Disney animated movies. Seale played the Sultan in Aladdin (1992) and Varney played Slinky Dog in Toy Story (1995). See more »

Goofs

Right after Santa Claus tells Ernest that he doesn't have money, the clothing that the girl is wearing changes. See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worell: i mean vern its not the cab company cany aforrd to give out a free ride after all it is christmas the time for chestnuts open on a roasting fire,
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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's Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
(uncredited)
Traditional
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User Reviews

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27 December 2001 | by goldenhawk40See all my reviews

This IS my favorite Christmas movie. It is funny, in a totally ridiculous, moronic, Ernest sort of way - it has all of his best schtick and then some. I really like the message, too - that Christmas is in the heart. Unlike some of the typical Christmas movies there is no major transformation where the mean man becomes the nice guy -the nice guy stays the nice guy and becomes even better. Suspend your need to see Citizen Kane and just watch it for the total silliness. You will enjoy it.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Saves Christmas 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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