Ernest joins the Army reserves so he can drive the bigrigs, but ends up being sent into combat!


John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)


Jeffrey Pillars (screenplay), Joseph Dattorre (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Pvt. Ernest P. Worrell / Army Captain / Arab on Quicksand
Hayley Tyson ... Cindy Swanson
David Müller David Müller ... Col. Bradley Pierre Gullet (as David Muller)
Christo Davids Christo Davids ... Ben-Ali - Lost Desert Boy
Jeffrey Pillars ... Gen. Rodney Lincoln (as Jeff Pillars)
Duke Ernsberger Duke Ernsberger ... Barnes - General's Aide
Ivan D. Lucas Ivan D. Lucas ... Pres. Almar Habib Tufuti (as Ivan Lucas)
John R. Cherry III John R. Cherry III ... Sgt. Ben Kovsky - aka 'Sarge' (as John Cherry)
Peter Butler ... Ali Tenbu
Farouk Valley-Omar ... Kibee (as Farouk Valley Omar)
Josh Cherry Josh Cherry ... Cpl. Davis
Amanda Wilson Amanda Wilson ... Pretty Woman
Tony Hawes Tony Hawes ... Mr. Beetleman
Gavin Barfield Gavin Barfield ... Frank Williams - Anchor
David Trengrove David Trengrove ... Blostrand


Ernest P. Worrell is now in the military as a soldier. Once he begins, he and his team investigate a dictator who is responsible for the wars in the nearly village. Suddenly, Ernest finds a lost boy and has to keep him safe until his father recovers.

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America's Hero is Finally Back in Camp!


Family | Comedy

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Rated PG for mild innuendo and comic action | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Co-writer Jeffrey Pillars appears as "Gen. Rodney Lincoln" and co-starred in Ernest Rides Again (1993). See more »


The film's working title ''Stormin' Ernest'' is listed near the end of the closing credits instead of where ''Ernest in the Army'' would normally be. See more »


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A Disappointment
30 May 2012 | by raisleygordonSee all my reviews

"Ernest in the Army" should have been hilarious, but sadly, it doesn't feel like a movie about him, just an army movie that happens to have Ernest in it. It's okay, not a major letdown, but you'd think a comedy about a bumbling idiot in the Army, especially when it's Ernest P. Worrell, would be a laugh riot. That is not the case. Sure, it has some predictably funny moments, but they are few and far between. Even the army itself (as depicted in this film) just feels very ordinary. The dramatic subplot involving the black street kid is unnecessary and feels tacked-on.

** out of ****

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24 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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