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Ernest Rides Again (1993)

Buffoonish Ernest and his dimwitted pal Abner unearth a huge cannon reputed to contain the crown jewels of England.


John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)


John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry), William M. Akers

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Ernest
Ron James Ron James ... Abner (as Ron K. James)
Tom Butler ... Dr. Glencliff
Linda Kash ... Nan
Duke Ernsberger Duke Ernsberger ... Frank
Jeffrey Pillars Jeffrey Pillars ... Joe
Dave 'Squatch' Ward Dave 'Squatch' Ward ... Construction Worker 1
Dee Jay Jackson ... Construction Worker 2
Charles Siegel Charles Siegel ... Chancellor
Alf Humphreys ... Surgeon (as Alf Humphries)
Lillian Carlson ... Receptionist
Mitchell Kosterman ... Thug 1 (as Mitch Kosterman)
George Josef George Josef ... Thug 2 (as George Joseph)
Tony Morelli Tony Morelli ... Thug 3
Alan Robertson ... Head Man


Ernest P. Worrell becomes a new adventurer along with his History Professor partner, Abner Melon. Once they team up together, they discover a really huge existing historical cannon and the crown jewels hidden near the jungle. Ernest must save the jewels especially, before a lousy mob keeps it. Written by Anonymous

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Family | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for slapstick violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Chaos-Kanone See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$905,010, 14 November 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Emshell Producers See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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While Dr. Glencliff and his men are struggling to remove the crown from Ernest's head, the crown is noticeably wobbling, despite supposedly being stuck. See more »


Abner: You need a CAT scan, Ernest!
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Crazy Credits

Right before the closing credits play, a short trailer for Ernest Goes to School (1994) (V) plays. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version available for streaming on Amazon Prime includes the short ''Mr. Bill Goes to Washington'' before the film. See more »


Follows Ernest Goes to Camp (1987) See more »

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More serious than the other 'Ernest' films but just as entertaining
8 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

With the 'Ernest' film series, there are people who get much entertainment out of them and finds a lot of appeal in Ernest. There are also people who dislike, or even outright hate, the films and find the character annoying. Both viewpoints are understandable.

For me, while they are not great films, the 'Ernest' films are mostly silly harmless fun that don't try to be any more than they need to be, and should be taken for what they are, rather than having any stereotypical notion of what a film of a certain genre or overall ought to do. They're mostly uneven but entertaining in a guilty pleasure sort of way, and Ernest is the sort of the character one can relate to easily. The sort of character that is a well-intended serial bungler with a strong heart but always finding himself messing up.

To me, the series' fifth film 'Ernest Rides Again' is an entertaining and worthy entry, if rather uneven. It's hardly one of the worst of the series, but to me there are better films too, such as the previous three films after 'Ernest Goes to Camp' (so 'Saves Christmas', 'Goes to Jail' and 'Scared Stupid').

'Ernest Rides Again' wasn't perfect from personal opinion. The final scenes are clumsily staged and improbable, even for an 'Ernest' film, while the villains are weakly and repetitively characterised (to me Tom Butler was slumming it and didn't really pose that much of an antagonist).

Character of Abner had his moments, he is more the straight-man guy and it's in these moments where the characterisation fares best, but the film also has a brasher side that jars and doesn't fit as a partner for Ernest or in the film. Ron James does play him well all things considered. Some of the physical comedy is a little childish and rather crude which also sticks out like a sore thumb.

However, 'Ernest Rides Again' is one of the better-looking 'Ernest' films. Loved the colourful locations and the photography is nowhere near as cheap and hasty as it can be. The soundtrack is nostalgic and energetic, and there are some very funny (if not particularly, but pretty much deliberately so, sophisticated) lines and wonderfully manic gags, anything with the cannon being among the highlights.

Another thing that 'Ernest Rides Again' does better than most other 'Ernest' films is that there is more story here and generally, apart from at the end, it takes itself more seriously, with more of a serious tone, which can be seen in the sincere and important (if not exactly subtle) moral. The energy levels are still high.

Jim Varney is still very funny and likable and James does quite well with a character that could have been better and more consistently written. Linda Kash is an amusing scene-stealer. It was only really with the villains where there were signs of bad acting, this said that may be just me.

Overall, entertaining if uneven. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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