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Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Ernest unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

Director:

John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)

Writers:

John R. Cherry III (story) (as John Cherry), Coke Sams (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest / Phineas Worrell
Eartha Kitt ... Old Lady Hackmore
Austin Nagler Austin Nagler ... Kenny
Shay Astar ... Elizabeth
Jonas Moscartolo ... Trantor
John Cadenhead John Cadenhead ... Tom Tulip
Bill Byrge Bill Byrge ... Bobby Tulip
Richard Woolf Richard Woolf ... Matt
Nick Victory Nick Victory ... Mike
Alec Klapper Alec Klapper ... Joey
Steven Moriyon Steven Moriyon ... Gregg
Daniel Butler Daniel Butler ... Cliff
Esther Huston Esther Huston ... Amanda
Larry Black Larry Black ... Mayor Murdock
Denice Hicks Denice Hicks ... Elizabeth's Mother
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Storyline

Life could be pretty if there wasn't someone like Ernest P. Worrell on this planet. In this movie he helps to escape an evil troll out of his grave. That's the start of the end for the world. But... Ernest wouldn't be Ernest if he wasn't planning on saving all the people. This action doesn't make it any better. It's getting worse. Written by Evert Poppen

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest Scared Stiff See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,453,132, 14 October 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,143,280
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Chiodo Brothers are credited with Special Effects for this film, who also made the 1988 cult film Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988). Look for Trolls in the finale that resemble Klowns, as well as the same spinning death effect. See more »

Goofs

When Ernest picks up the hedge clippers in the back of his truck to attack Trantor, you can see where it is supposed to be sliced off at before Trantor cuts it off. See more »

Quotes

Old Lady Hackmore: [Ernest admits he let the troll out] Heaven help us, I felt it, Heaven help us, them that die will be the lucky ones.
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Connections

Features The Brain from Planet Arous (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Hallelujah Chorus
from "The Messiah"
Composed by George Frideric Handel
Arranged by Louis Knatchbull
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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More Innocent Than It Is Stupid
29 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was the first "Ernest" movie, I think, that I watched and I was surprised that it wasn't as stupid as I thought it was or the title convinced me it would be. It really wasn't "stupid" until the last 20 minutes, but a lot of movies get really dumb in the last half hour.

For most of the movie, it was nice, lighthearted fun that - cliché aside - is fun for the "whole family." There is nary a bad one word in this movie and it's old-fashioned slapstick fun and about as innocent as it gets.

Having said that, I realize a lot of people would still consider the movie as a dumb one but I always liked Jim Varney and laughed at the most of the stuff he did, beginning with those famous TV commercials of his.

In the last 30 years, how many comedies do you see without a tons of sex and profanity? Almost none......so give "Ernest" some slack.


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