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Ernest Saves Christmas ()


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Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

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Ernest P. Worrell / Aster Clement / Auntie Nelda / The Snake Guy
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Santa
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Joe Carruthers
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Harmony (as Noëlle Parker)
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Chuck
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Mary Morrissey
Bill Byrge ...
Bobby
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Marty
Key Howard ...
Immigration Agent
Jack Swanson ...
Businessman
Buddy Douglas ...
Pyramus
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Thisbe
Beecher Martin ...
Agent Skippy
Barry Brazell ...
Cab Passenger
George Kaplan ...
Mr. Dillis
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Waiter (as Bill Christie)
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Arresting Officer
Danny Dillon ...
Booking Officer
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Patsy
Phran Gauci ...
Lacy
Bill Cordell ...
Carl
Larry Francer ...
Brad
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Animal Officer
Daniel Butler ...
Animal Officer
Antonio Fabrizio ...
Mean-Looking Man (as Antonio Fabrizzio)
Bob Norris ...
Police Chief Spenks
Carmen J. Alexander ...
Police Officer (as Carmen Alexander)
Miriam P. Saunders ...
Receptionist
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Make-up Artist
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Crew Member
Michael O. Smith ...
Studio Guard
Jesse Stone ...
Elderly Man
Angelique Walker ...
Girl
Zachary Bowden ...
Boy
Donna Phillip Miller ...
Mom
Paul Darby ...
Ticket Agent
Cynthia Ergenbright ...
Museum Person
Bob Barnes ...
Controller #1
Mike Hutchinson ...
Monster
Douglas Brush ...
Commander
D. Christian Gottshall ...
Controller #2
Ray Russell ...
Stage-Hand
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brett Cipes ...
Man (uncredited)
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Tourist (uncredited)
Cindy Haroutunian ...
Air Traffic Controller (uncredited)
Rosa Nevin ...
Business Person at Work Building (uncredited)
Jennifer Peña ...
Granddaughter (uncredited)

Directed by

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John R. Cherry III ... (as John Cherry)

Written by

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Ed Turner ... (story)
 
B. Kline ... (screenplay) and
Ed Turner ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Joseph Akerman Jr. ... executive producer (as Joseph L. Akerman Jr.)
Doug Claybourne ... producer
Martin Erlichman ... executive producer
Justis Greene ... co-producer
Coke Sams ... co-producer
Ed Turner ... associate producer
Stacy Williams ... producer

Music by

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Mark Snow

Cinematography by

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Peter Stein ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Sharyn L. Ross

Editorial Department

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Bruce W. Cathcart ... assistant editor (as Bruce Cathcart)
Gina Gallo ... second assistant editor
David Grant ... apprentice editor
Farrel Levy ... first assistant editor (as Farrel Jane Levy)

Casting By

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Kathleen Letterie

Production Design by

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Ian D. Thomas

Art Direction by

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Ian D. Thomas ... (as Ian Thomas)

Set Decoration by

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Chris August

Costume Design by

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Peter Mitchell

Makeup Department

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June Brickman ... key makeup artist (as June Rudley Brickman)
Robert Hallowell II ... beard design / hair design
Linda Hardy ... hair assistant (as Linda Hardy Morgenroth) / makeup assistant (as Linda Hardy Morgenroth)

Production Management

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Carol Sue Byron ... unit production manager
Justis Greene ... unit production manager
Daniel J. Heffner ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Patrice Leung ... first assistant director
Douglas A. Raine ... second assistant director
Coke Sams ... second unit director
Todd Turner ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Robert Beck ... prop man (as Robbie Beck)
Vicky Bowlin ... set dresser
Robert Burdick ... carpenter
Chris Carpenter ... set dresser
James F. Clayton ... construction coordinator (as Jim Clayton)
Sandi Cook ... scenic painter
Gregory Gossett ... carpenter
Todd Hatfield ... scenic painter
Andrew Heller ... property master / set dresser
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur ... property master (as Tantar Leviseur)
Kim McClees ... set dresser
Ryan Schultz ... carpenter
Rick Thompson ... carpenter
Tina Zeno ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Sally Becom ... apprentice
Mark Berger ... supervising re-recording mixer
Todd Boekelheide ... re-recording mixer
Karen Brocco ... asst. sound effects editor
Francesca Dodd ... apprentice
Patrick Dodd ... sound supervisor
Nick Hammond ... boom man (as Nicholas Hammond)
Sharon Smith Holley ... cable person
Polly Holmes ... asst. sound effects editor
Mark Levinson ... asst. dialogue editor
Douglas Murray ... sound designer
David Parker ... re-recording mixer
Rich Schirmer ... sound mixer
Robert Shoup ... sound effects editor
Mark Zimbicki ... boom man
Vanessa Theme Ament ... foley artist (uncredited)
Douglas Murray ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Philip Rogers ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jama Ball ... special effects assistant
Vince Gimondo ... special effects/grip welder
Mike Vézina ... special effects assistant (as Mike Vezina)
Mike Weesner ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Glenn Campbell ... motion control operator
Bernie Gagliano ... optical line-up
Allen Gonzales ... effects animation
Cynthia Neill Knizek ... visual effects inbetweener (as Cynthia Knizek)
Kevin Koneval ... optical camera operator
John Kuhlman ... optical line-up
Paul Lasaine ... matte artist
Tim McHugh ... visual effects supervisor
Peter Montgomery ... motion control operator
Ron Osenbaugh ... color timer
Brian Raymond ... effects librarian
Bob Rundell ... optical supervisor
Steve Rundell ... visual effects producer
Carolyn Soper ... visual effects coordinator
Lucy Tanashian-Gentry ... storyboard artist (as Lucy Tanashian)
Doug Ulm ... optical camera operator (as Douglas Ulm)

Stunts

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Tom Bahr ... stunt player (as Thomas J. Bahr)
Bobby J. Foxworth ... stunt player (as Bobby Foxworth)
Jerry Gatlin ... stunt coordinator
Gene Hartline ... stunt player
Robert Jauregui ... stunt player
Candice Orsini ... stunt player (as Candi Orsini)
Tony Shepherd ... stunt actor: Shopper
Chuck Waters ... stunt double: Ernest

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mary Antinozzi ... camera production assistant
Terry Arthur ... key grip
Suzanne Cobb ... electrician
Armanda Costanza ... assistant camera
Robert Dracup ... gaffer (as Bob Dracup)
Dale Emminger ... best boy
Scott Forrester ... grip
Howard Fox ... grip
Shelley Gazin ... still photographer
Vince Gimondo ... grip welder
Frank Godwin ... second assistant camera (as W. Frank Godwin)
David A. Harp ... first assistant camera
Billy Hendricks ... electrician
Robert Hoelen ... grip
Jeff Hurst ... best boy / gaffer: second unit
Michael Lonzo ... director of photography: second unit (as Michael D. Lonzo)
Billy Mears ... dolly grip
Craig Mitchell ... grip
D.L. 'Pete' Peterson ... crane operator
Nik Petrik ... first assistant camera
Thomas Pielemeier ... grip (as Tom Pielemeir)
Tommy Ray Sullivan ... electrician (as Tommy Sullivan)
James Tomaro ... electrician (as James Tamaro)

Casting Department

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Veronica Krupski ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Shawn Barry ... costume supervisor
Lynda Foote ... costumer

Location Management

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Buck Allen ... location manager (as Russell Roy 'Buck' Allen)
Sara Fuller ... location manager

Music Department

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Walt Borchers ... scoring crew
Terry Brown ... scoring crew
Joanie Diener ... music editor (as Joanie Diener Rowland)
Chuck Garsha ... scoring crew
Armin Steiner ... scoring mixer
Tom Boyd ... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Don Davis ... orchestrator (uncredited)
William Ross ... orchestrator (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Shirley Walker ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Tom Akos ... driver
Andy Burr ... driver
Karen Chalk Wheeler ... driver (as Karen Chalk)
Russell Davis ... driver
Dan Douglas ... driver
Steve Duff ... driver
Michael Foster ... driver
Neil Hyman ... transportation captain (as Neil A. Hyman)
A. Welch Lambeth ... transportation coordinator
Walter Lambeth ... driver
Big John Moore ... driver
Bill Pitts ... driver
Lee Siler ... driver (as William Lee Siler)
Cactus Simser ... driver
Cecil Stone ... driver (as Cecil Stone Jr.)
Doug White ... driver
Prentis Woods ... driver

Other crew

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Steve Brown ... first aid
Carol Sue Byron ... production accountant
Stephanie Byron ... assistant accountant
Loolee DeLeon ... production coordinator
Stel Deleon ... production secretary (as Stel DeLeon)
Theresa Eubanks ... script supervisor
Bernie Fidelo ... first aid
Barbara Gaddy-Edrington ... animal handler (as Barbara Gaddy) / reindeer trainer (as Barbara Gaddy)
John Garrett ... production assistant
Sharon Haley ... assistant: Mr. Cherry
Joe Holmes ... black and white processing (as Joseph Holmes)
Michael C. Hutchinson ... craft service (as Mike Hutchinson)
Barbara Lange ... production coordinator
Alan Levi ... production assistant
Steve Martin ... animal handler / animal trainer
Polly Ann Mattson ... production assistant (as Polly Mattson)
Ken Parker ... animal handler / animal trainer
Joe Parra ... black and white processing
Gayle Phelps ... animal handler / reindeer trainer
Sandy Stoller ... script supervisor: second unit
Darrin Tindall ... production assistant
John White ... black and white processing
Karen Yokomizo ... assistant accountant
Robert J. Dietze II ... production assistant (uncredited)
Lisa S. Girolami ... associate production executive (uncredited)

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A holiday comedy unlike any other! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hay que salvar a Papá Noel (Spain)
  • Ernest zachranuje Vánoce (Czech Republic)
  • Эрнест спасает Рождество (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • O Natal Maluco de Ernest (Brazil)
  • O Ernest sozei ta Hristougenna (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Box Office

Budget $6,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $5,710,734, 13 Nov 1988

Did You Know?

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Trivia John Cherry the director of this movie and of most of the other Ernest movies said he thought this was the best of the Ernest movies. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Ernest Saves Christmas (2009). See more »
Crazy Credits (closing wishes) Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! KnoWhutImean? See more »
Quotes Ernest P. Worell: [quietly] Santa Claus.
Mary Morrissey: What did you say?
Ernest P. Worell: His name is Santa Claus!
[children giggle]
Ernest P. Worell: That's it. Yuck it up. He happens to be a close, personal friend of mine. Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah. Fifth graders think they know everything.
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