Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Ernest Saves Christmas Review (Updated)

Ernest Saves Christmas

Release Date: 9th November 1989 - Australia

Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures (presents)
Silver Screen Partners III (in association with)
Emshell Producers (producer)

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia

Genre: Comedy

Rating: G

Runtime: 95 minutes

Budget: $6,000,000

Box Office Gross: $28,202,109

Plot Summary
When Santa Claus decides
to retire, he appoints a washed
-up kiddie show host to take
his place. Along the way, the
real Santa ends up in a
slammer on Christmas Eve,
and it's up to goonish, glad-
handling Ernest P. Worrell
to bust him out.

Jim Varney - Ernest P. Worrell/
Douglas Seale - Santa Claus
Oliver Clark - Joe Carruthers
Noelle Parker - Pamela Trenton
Bill Byrge - Bobby
Gailard Sartain - Chuck
Robert Lesser - Marty Brock

Director - John P. Cherry
Producer - Ed Turner
Screenplay - B. Kline
Producers - Doug Claybourne
& Stacy Williams
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Justis Greene
Co-Producer/Second Unit Director - Coke Sams
Production Designer/Art Director - Ian D. Thomas
Costume Designer - Peter Mitchell
Director of Photography - Peter Stein
Film Editor - Sharyn L. Ross
Visual Effects Supervisor - Tim McHugh
Music - Mark Snow

As a kid, I used to watch the Ernest flicks on the Disney Channel a long time ago and the late Jim Varney was the best actor to play that funny character. ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS is the first of these movies I had seen and it was a bit cheesy, but it did show a lot of Christmas cheer. Apart from the sensible humour including the ones done by Ernest, the acting is quite good especially by Varney and Douglas Seale who gives an extraordinary performance as the holiday figure Santa except that he's not a wearing a red suit and hat. 

Although seasonable and surprisingly superb, SAVES CHRISTMAS gives a great generosity of laughs for a holiday film that's anything enjoyable for a fan of the series like myself, know what I mean? 

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

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