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Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Family | 6 April 1990 (USA)
Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank ... See full summary »

Director:

John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)

Writer:

Charlie Cohen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest P. Worrell / Mr. Felix Nash / Auntie Nelda
Gailard Sartain ... Chuck
Bill Byrge Bill Byrge ... Bobby
Barbara Tyson ... Charlotte Sparrow (as Barbara Bush)
Barry Scott Barry Scott ... Rubin Bartlett
Randall 'Tex' Cobb ... Lyle
Dan Leegant Dan Leegant ... Oscar Pendlesmythe
Charles Napier ... Warden
Jim Conrad Jim Conrad ... Eddie
Jackie Welch ... Judge
Melanie Wheeler Melanie Wheeler ... Prosecutor
Jeffrey Buckner Ford Jeffrey Buckner Ford ... Defense Attorney (as Buck Ford)
Daniel Butler Daniel Butler ... Waiter
Charlie Lamb Charlie Lamb ... Another Con
Mac Bennett Mac Bennett ... Con
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Storyline

Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank employee, while Ernest undergoes Nash's sentence to the electric chair. But instead of killing him, the electrocution gives Ernest superhuman powers, enabling him to escape from jail and foil Nash's attempt to rob the bank. Written by Mark Hettler <markh@nstl.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Guilty of Maximum Fun in the First Degree!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernesto pierde su puesto See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,143,372, 8 April 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,029,569
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Touchstone Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Among the famous eccentric actors whom Ernest imitates in jail when trying out for "Mr. Nash", are James Cagney, Walter Brennan, Humphrey Bogart, Barry Fitzgerald, Sylvester Stallone, and James Mason. See more »

Goofs

The pan lid flies into Ernest's face in the restaurant with its handle towards him. When he pulls it off, the handle is facing away from him. See more »

Quotes

Ernest P. Worrell: Like in real, really, really, really, really real prison? The hoose-gow, the slammer, the joint, Alcatraz, San Quentin, Sing Sing, Oh no. I'm in... I'm in... jail!
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Alternate Versions

When aired on TV, this movie has extra scenes not features in the home video release. Like: When Ernest get's both steel balls cuffed to his legs, he originally started with one but he pulls another stunt and the bailef makes it two; At the very end, Ernest is finally a bank clerk, his computer shorts out and he becomes magnitized once again, except nothing metal clings to him. Except the file cabinets back for a rematch; Ernest getting his last meal before going to the chair; See more »

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Follows Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Coconut Tree
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Arntson
Performed by Bruce Arntson
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Jim Varney's Best Ever!!!
25 May 2000 | by teenwolf97See all my reviews

Ernest Goes To Jail is the 3rd installment in the popular series, and in my humble opinion, the best. Jim Varney brings so much humor and character to the table in whatever he is in. So many jokes in the Ernest movies I did not get as a child, however, after viewing them as adults, I find them even more funny. Ernest was actually quoting Shakespeare and his arrogant soliloquies were classic. Varney shines in this movie:doing all the different voices, faces, and characters we have grown to love. What I really like about this film is his portrayal of Mr. Nash,the villain. Jim Varney does a complete 180 turn from his bumbling, idiotic Ernest P. Worrell. The look, the voice, and the attitude are very different from the other character, which is a what a good actor should do if playing 2 roles. Varney pulls them both off remarkably well. Also Chuck and Bobby provide great slapstick humor as always, and this film is a comedy classic that can be viewed by all ages. Jim Varney left this old world way too fast, but he also left us comic treasures in film such as this movie.


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