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Ernest Goes to Jail (1990)

PG
81 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

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 ...See moreBumbling 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 See less
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John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry)
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$6,143,372
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$25,029,569
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$25,029,569
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Apr 6, 1990 (United States)

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Jim Varney
Ernest P. Worrell / Mr. Felix Nash / Auntie Nelda Ernest P. Worrell / Mr. Felix Nash / Auntie Nelda   See fewer
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Bill Byrge
Bobby Bobby   See fewer
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Barbara Tyson
Charlotte Sparrow (as Barbara Bush) Charlotte Sparrow (as Barbara Bush)   See fewer
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Barry Scott
Rubin Bartlett Rubin Bartlett   See fewer
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Dan Leegant
Oscar Pendlesmythe Oscar Pendlesmythe   See fewer
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Jim Conrad
Eddie Eddie   See fewer
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Melanie Wheeler
Prosecutor Prosecutor   See fewer
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Jeffrey Buckner Ford
Defense Attorney (as Buck Ford) Defense Attorney (as Buck Ford)   See fewer
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Daniel Butler
Waiter Waiter   See fewer
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Charlie Lamb
Another Con Another Con   See fewer
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Rick Schulman
Mean Guard Mean Guard   See fewer
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Andy Stahl
Jerry (as Andrew Stahl) Jerry (as Andrew Stahl)   See fewer
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Bob Babbitt
Washing Con Washing Con   See fewer
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Myke R. Mueller
Vinnie (as Myke Mueller) Vinnie (as Myke Mueller)   See fewer
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John Davis
Other Guard Other Guard   See fewer
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Mike Montgomery
Warden's Assistant Warden's Assistant   See fewer
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Mike Hutchinson
Gate Guard Gate Guard   See fewer
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Barkley
Rimshot Rimshot   See fewer
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Badd Catt
Jail Guard (uncredited) Jail Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gregory Lee Knowles
Prison Guard (uncredited) Prison Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chambers Stevens
Jury Man (uncredited) Jury Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.4 / 10 | 8,447 votes