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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

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

This is the first time Ernest gets electrocuted and various metal objects come to life. A similar scene happens in the beginning of Ernest Rides Again (1993) released three years later. See more »

Goofs

When the shop vac goes up the walls and on the ceiling, huge creases are in the walls and ceiling to keep the vacuum in contact with what it is rolling up against. See more »

Quotes

Chuck: This guy is in love! L-U-V! Ernest is in love. Ernest and Charlotte sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, first come love, then comes marriage, then comes Ernest pushing a baby carriage.
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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 »

Connections

Followed by Slam Dunk Ernest (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Doin' Time
Music and Lyrics by Bruce Arntson
Performed by Bruce Arntson
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Jim Varney at his finest!!!
4 October 2002 | by dootussSee all my reviews

"Ernest Goes To Jail" is probably the BEST "Ernest" film ever made out of all of the films. Jim Varney once again gives us more laughs as he plays the idiotic Ernest P. Worrel. In the movie Ernest is assigned jury duty for a murder trial. Nash (who wants out of prison badly) the man who is on trial looks exactly like Ernest, and switches places with Ernest to escape from prison. So in the process, our rubber faced nit wit gets to spend some time in the slammer. Jim Varney once again does an excellent job as the bumbling fool Ernest P. Worrell as well as escaped criminal look a like Nash. I thought it was cool how Varney switched continuosly throughout the movie with the 2 characters. Overall this movie rules!!


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