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Ernest Goes to Jail

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Directed by John R. Cherry III
Produced by Martin Erlichman
Written by Charlie Cohen
Starring Jim Varney
Gailard Sartain
Bill Byrge
Music by Bruce Arntson
Kirby Shelstad
Cinematography Peter Stein
Editing by Sharyn L. Ross
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) United States 1990-04-06
Running time 81 minutes
Country USA
Language English
Gross revenue $25,029,569 (domestic sub-total)
Preceded by Ernest Saves Christmas
Followed by Ernest Scared Stupid

Ernest Goes to Jail is a 1990 Touchstone Pictures film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the fourth film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell. The film received a PG rating from the MPAA. It was shot in Nashville, Tennessee and near Tennessee State Penitentiary. This is the second most successful of the Ernest films, behind Ernest Saves Christmas. It was in third place during its opening weekend, earning $6,143,372.[1] Total gross was $25,029,569.[2]

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Cast

  • Jim VarneyErnest P. Worrell, Felix Nash, Auntie Nelda
  • Gailard Sartain — Chuck
  • Bill Byrge — Bobby
  • Barbara Tyson — Charlotte Sparrow (as Barbara Bush)
  • Barry Scott — Rubin Bartlett
  • Randall "Tex" Cobb — Lyle
  • Dan Leegant — Oscar Pendlesmythe
  • Charles Napier — Warden
  • Jackie Welch — Judge
  • Jim Conrad — Eddie
  • Melanie Wheeler — Prosecutor
  • Jeffrey Buckner Ford — Defense Attorney (as Buck Ford)
  • Daniel Butler — Waiter
  • Charlie Lamb — Another Con
  • Mac Bennett — Con
  • Rick Schulman — Mean Guard
  • Bruce Arntson — Juror
  • Andy Stahl — Jerry (as Andrew Stahl)
  • Bob Babbitt — Washing Con
  • Myke R. Mueller — Vinnie (as Myke Mueller)
  • John Davis — Other Guard
  • Michael Montgomery — Warden's Assistant
  • Mike Hutchinson — Gate Guard
  • Badd Catt — Jail Guard (uncredited)
  • Chambers Stevens — Jury Man (uncredited)

Plot

Ernest (Jim Varney) is spotted in a jury by a man on trial who notices that he is the spitting-image of death-row inmate Felix Nash, who is the prison "boss". He convinces the jury to tour the prison, where Ernest is kidnapped and forced to swap roles with Nash. He has various misadventures in prison (especially when trying to escape) until he is sent to the electric chair by the prison warden (Charles Napier). The electrocution fails, and he is transformed into a type of superhuman, with the ability to shoot lightning bolts from his hands, which shock various other jail members. Ernest escapes from the prison and makes his way home, only to discover that his Pee-Wee Herman-like décor has been replaced by a slick lounge lizard style of decorating. He exclaims, "I've been vandalized - by Elvis!" Ernest then goes to the bank, in his old clothes, where he works as a janitor, only to find that Nash has assumed his identity and is in the process of robbing the bank. He uses his super powers to fly through the skylight of the bank with a bomb that Nash had attached to the vault and two bank employees, which leads to a spectacular mid-air explosion. Everyone assumes that Ernest has been killed, until he falls through the skylight and lands on Nash. Ernest declares, "I came, I saw, I got blowed up."

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Ernest Goes to Jail
Directed by John R. Cherry III
Produced by Martin Erlichman
Written by Charlie Cohen
Starring Jim Varney
Gailard Sartain
Bill Byrge
Music by Bruce Arntson
Kirby Shelstad
Cinematography Peter Stein
Editing by Sharyn L. Ross
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Silver Screen Partners IV
Release date(s) April 6, 1990
Running time 81 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6,143,372
Gross revenue $25,029,569 (domestic sub-total)
Preceded by Ernest Saves Christmas
Followed by Ernest Scared Stupid

Ernest Goes to Jail is a 1990 Touchstone Pictures film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the fourth film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell. It was shot in Nashville and Tennessee State Penitentiary. This is the second most successful of the Ernest films, behind Ernest Saves Christmas. It was in third place during its opening weekend, earning $6,143,372.[1] Total gross was $25,029,569.[2]

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Plot

Security guards Chuck (Gailard Sartain) and Bobby play the game of Red light/Green light while being night watchmen for Howard County Bank and Trust and are obsessed with elaborate schemes of would-be thieves. They hear a sound coming from a vaccum cleaner that Ernest is trying to turn on for operation and dreams that he would be a clerk, but he ends up making a mess in the bank and he becomes magnetic. The next day, Oscar Pendlesmythe's assistant, Charlotte Sparrow (Barbara Tyson) requires him to clean up his supernatural mess. Pendlesmythe wants to fire him, but Charlotte has a soft heart for misfits and stray dogs, so she argues on his behalf. Ernest takes a bath at home in a tumble dry washing machine and uses a blow-dryer with a wind-tunnel force for his evening dinner with Charlotte in a restaurant. He later recieves an invitation to jury duty in court and tells the two watchmen about it. Dracup Maximum Security Prison convict Rubin Bartlett notices that Worrell is the spitting-image of death-row inmate Felix Nash. Rubin convinces the jury to tour the prison, where Ernest is kidnapped and forced to swap roles with Nash. Even though he tries to tell the guards he is not Nash, they refuse to belive him. Ernest also does not know that he has a death sentence which is for Nash. While having lunch, a guard tells them to stand up and be quiet, when he notices Ernest is making a lot of noise, which almost sends him into the cell. Ernest tries a first attempt to tell one of the security guards that he is Ernest, not Nash, but the guard calls him "Mr. Funny Man" (which is a mistaken lie) and angrily says that he is not funny and is lying and throws him into the cell right in front of a cell mate who pushes him back while the first attempt fails. When he pushes him near the prison bars, he tells a security guard that he was beaten up, (and accidentley slaming the guards head on the bars) he is sent to the hole, which makes Ernest realize he is in jail. He has various misadventures in prison (especially when trying to escape, e.g., when he attempts to fashion a gun out of soap and his scheme is revealed when the gun goes limp) until he is sent to the electric chair by the prison warden (Charles Napier). The electrocution fails, and he is transformed into a type of superhuman, with the ability to shoot lightning bolts from his hands, which shock various other jail members. Ernest escapes from the prison and makes his way home, only to discover that his Pee-wee Herman-like décor has been replaced by a slick Lounge Lizard style of decorating. He exclaims, "I've been vandalized - by Elvis!" Ernest then goes to the bank, in his old clothes, where he works as a janitor, only to find that Nash has assumed his identity and is in the process of robbing the bank. He uses his super powers to fly through the skylight of the bank with a bomb that Nash had attached to the vault and two bank employees, which leads to a spectacular mid-air explosion. Everyone especially Chuck assumes that Ernest has been killed, until he falls through the skylight and lands on Nash. Ernest tiredly declares, "I came, I saw, I got blowed up."

Cast

  • Jim VarneyErnest P. Worrell, Felix Nash, Auntie Nelda
  • Gailard Sartain — Chuck
  • Bill Byrge — Bobby
  • Barbara Tyson — Charlotte Sparrow (as Barbara Bush)
  • Barry Scott — Rubin Bartlett
  • Randall "Tex" Cobb — Lyle
  • Dan Leegant — Oscar Pendlesmythe
  • Charles Napier — Warden
  • Jackie Welch — Judge
  • Jim Conrad — Eddie
  • Melanie Wheeler — Prosecutor
  • Jeffrey Buckner Ford — Defense Attorney (as Buck Ford)
  • Daniel Butler — Waiter
  • Charlie Lamb — Another Con
  • Mac Bennett — Con
  • Rick Schulman — Mean Guard
  • Bruce Arntson — Juror
  • Andy Stahl — Jerry (as Andrew Stahl)
  • Bob Babbitt — Washing Con
  • Myke R. Mueller — Vinnie (as Myke Mueller)
  • John Davis — Other Guard
  • Michael Montgomery — Warden's Assistant
  • Mike Hutchinson — Gate Guard
  • Badd Catt — Jail Guard (uncredited)
  • Chambers Stevens — Jury Man (uncredited)
  • Paul Pigue — Spider (arm wrestler) (uncredited)

Reception

The movie had a mostly negative reception.[3]

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Ernest Goes to Jail is a 1990 Touchstone Pictures film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the fourth film to feature the character Ernest P. Worrell.

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Ernest P. Worrell

  • I've never been inside a restaurant that doesn't have a drive-thru window before.
  • [To Nash's lawyer as he's being taken to the chair] You pal, you're not getting anymore of my business!
  • [Finds Rimshot in the trashcan] What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?
  • Real men are not intimidated by physical threats against their personal selves, and, ironically, neither am I.
  • Look, I'm not this guy Nash!

Felix Nash

  • This guy is better off in jail.
  • Is everyone who works here a moron?
  • Here, I'll help you up!
  • Don't worry about that diet, tubby. Once I set this fuse, you'll lose all that weight.
  • This is pathetic.

Charlotte Sparrow (Miss Sparrow)

  • (Thinking Nash is Ernest) You are slime Ernest P. Worrell!
  • Pull on it! Pull on it, Chuck!

Chuck

  • Ernest, we're late for work!
  • We're sorry, Ernest, Bobby didn't know the mace can was loaded.
  • 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 comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Ernest pushing a baby carriage!

Warden Carmichael

  • Nash, I said the let the hostages go!
  • Now, Nash, you'll never get away with this!

Dialogue

Ernest P. Worrell: Mr. Poodle-Smurf is lucky to have me. One day, I'm gonna walk into his office and I'll say: 'Oscar Babe'.
Oscar Pendlesmythe: WHAT?
Ernest P. Worrell: Oh good morning Mr. Poodle-Smurf, Puddle-Smit, Smiddle-Poot...
Oscar Pendlesmythe: Pendlesmythe, you idiot!

Charlotte Sparrow (Miss Sparrow): Ernest, Ernest are you all right?
Ernest P. Worrell: [After removing a metal lid that clung to his face, even though the lobster is still stuck to his face] I recommend the lobster. (laughs)

Ernest P. Worrell: Oh, I'm sorry, I don't think our table has any steak sauce!
Guard: [crossly] Get up!
Ernest P. Worrell: Oh, I'm sorry, where are my manners, I should have waited for the others!
Guard: (blows whistle) Eat, Greaseball!
Ernest P. Worrell: I didn't order grease ball.

Charlotte Sparrow (Miss Sparrow): [thinking Nash is Ernest] What happened to your voice? You sound different.
Felix Nash: Oh, I got a little laryngitis.

Charlotte Sparrow (Miss Sparrow): [Thinking Ernest is Nash] Do you think you let me get near me after what you did to Ernest? He was the kindest man who was ever loved in my whole life.
Ernest P. Worrell: Gee, Charlotte, I'm touched!

Ernest P. Worrell: Where to?
Warden Carmichael: You're goin' to the row!
Ernest P. Worrell: The row? What?
Rubin Bartlett: As in "death", "death row"
Ernest P. Worrell: Death row? (realizes what they're talking about) You mean like the chair?! ...The hot seat, dead meat, deep 6, it's over pal, you're outta here bub, the groundhog's are bringing you your mail, you're picking turnips with a step ladder, the no tomorrow row? That kind of row? Oh no. The row?

Charlotte Sparrow (Miss Sparrow): You are an imposter! What did you do with the real Ernest, where is he?
Felix Nash: He's dead by now.

Auntie Nelda: The way they run this institution is an outrage, for a poor, tired, old lonely woman like me. Her only son, a felon, though not a terribly successful one. Young man? Young Man?
[The gate guard comes out]
Auntie Nelda: Young Man, would you please open that gate? I left my car running outside.
Gate Guard: Ma'am, You tell me how you got through this gate? The visitor's area is on the other side of the prison.
Auntie Nelda: I brought him up as best I could, but sometimes a bad seed falls from even the most fragile flower.
Gate Guard: Ma'am, you're not going through this gate.
Auntie Nelda: Is this the way you treat your mother? Is this the kind of abuse that poor woman must endure?
Gate Guard: Well, I guess that my mother is a little bit mad at-...
Auntie Nelda: Mmmhmm! You ought to be in the slammer with the rest of these misfits! If you had any remorse at all for the HORROR you push your own mother through, you'd open that gate! I have a car overheating as we SPEAK!
[Ernest (as Auntie Nelda) makes a snooty expression at the gate guard]
Gate Guard: Ok, Ok.
[Picks up phone]
Gate Guard: All right! Let's open the east gate.
[Hangs up phone]
Gate Guard: There! Now you satisfied?
Auntie Nelda: I'll tell your mother how her son has improved despite his shaded and somewhat checkered past.
[Prison balls tied to a chain fall out of Ernest's disguise]
Auntie Nelda: [Lying about the prison balls] The doctor told me I'd only have to wear these until after the surgery.
[Guard nods sarcastically and takes Ernest away]

Rubin Bartlett: Not so fast!
Ernest P. Worrell: [After being 'resurrected' by the electric chair and is stopped by Rubin Bartlett from leaving] You better watch out Rubin. I'll zot you.
Rubin Bartlett: You're a dead man, Worrell.
Ernest P. Worrell: Very well. You know I am Ernest P. Worrell, electro-man. [His electrical flux fails and several metal things stop clinging and fall off his body] A-hih-heh-hih-hih! You know, you have a classic Greek profile.
Rubin Bartlett: Come on, Lyle, we gotta get rid of this guy before he blows the whole thing!

Ernest P. Worrell: (gasps) I've been vandalized...By Elvis!
[Suddenly after Ernest go gets changed we then go to the car that got a flat tire]
Charlotte Sparrow (Miss Sparrow): [crossly] I can't believe it! I can't believe it! First, Ernest, and now this! I'm acting like a victim, I need to tell Ernest, exactly how I feel, and I need to do that right now while I'm still mad!

Ernest P. Worrell: [After drying himself off with his body dryer and checking the circuit board] Oh, there's my problem right there. This wire's got a little sh...
[Gets electricuted]
Ernest P. Worrell: ...short in it.
[A metal comb clings to his vest]
Ernest P. Worrell: Gosh, not again.

[Ernest and the crew he's with are being forced to go into a jail cell, and Ernest is mistaking the prison he's in for his jury "accommodations"]
Ernest P. Worrell: We're sequestered. And on top of that we can't even leave! Oh, this is great. This is just great.
[The prison guard comes up from behind him and hits him]
Ernest P. Worrell: I hope you've got a good story to tell my boss! After all, I do have a living to earn.
Prison guard: [crossly] Now look, Nash...
Ernest P. Worrell: My name is Worrel. Ernest P. Worrel.
Prison guard: Oh, Mister Funny-Man, huh? Yeah, Mister Funny-Man. You'll think funny when you're tapping to the tune of 2-20, son!
[Throws him into his cell]
Ernest P. Worrell: [Remarking to his cell-mates] That is the rudest bailiff I have ever seen in my life.
[Note: One person mentioned isn't a separate character; instead, it's a role played by a character. "Auntie Nelda" refers to Ernest dressed up as an elderly woman to try and fool the gate guard.]

Ernest P. Worrell: You see that guy?
Prison guard: Yeah, so?
Ernest P. Worrell: He's not on the jury duty, because this man is a prisoner!
Prison guard: (Thinking Ernest is Nash) Ugh! I oughta throw in the hole for that Nash!
Ernest P. Worrell: The hole?
Prison guard: Yeah! The hole!
Ernest P. Worrell: The hole like, like in "Solitare the Hole" Like, in a real prison? Like in real, really, really, really, really real prison? The hoose-gow, the slammer, the joint, Alcatraz, San Quentin, Sing Sing, Oh no. I'm in... I'm in... jaaaaaaaaaa-jail-jail-jail!
Prison guard: (laughs sternly)
[Note: The three ["jail"]'s following his yelling refers to echoes that are heard after the camera has panned far out.]

Rubin Bartlett: [Thinking Ernest is Nash] Did you miss me, Mister Nash?
Cell Guard: Close C-12!
Ernest P. Worrell: You, you know I'm not Nash!
Rubin Bartlett: Of course you are! Ernest!

Ernest P. Worrell: So, it's come to this. A pointless, miserable end to a shallow, meaningless life. But it's as it should be. It's the hand I've been dealt, and I have to play it as it lays. Oh, I'm not going to cry because life's thrown me a curve. I'm not going to whine because I got mashed potatoes when French fries is what I really wanted. It's time for me to step up to the plate, belly up to the bar! It's time for me to look fate square in the eye, flare my nostrils, breathe life's last breath! It's time for me to lie down with lions so I can soar with the eagles! All right! I'm ready! Come and get me! Let's do it!
Prison guard: Come on Nash, it's time!
Ernest P. Worrell: Oh, oh. I don't wanna die!

Prison guard: Nash, take it like a man.
Ernest P. Worrell: But I'm not Nash, I'm Ernest. And what is an Ernest you may ask? A man with a past both rich in history and tradition. Should we punish this man for crimes he did not commit? No no no no no, such a man should be set free. [Ernest sits on the electric chair and gets electrocuted]
(all the people become shocked when Ernest was a magnet)
Warden Carmichael: Hit the alarm!
(alarm sounds)

Warden Carmichael: Now, Nash, this is Warden Carmichael, now we've got you surrounded, come on out with your hands up!, and Nash, let the hostages go!
Felix Nash: (to Ernest P. Worrell) Well, looks like a got another hostage, too bad, I thought you were dead!

Ernest P. Worrell: Peter Pan, eat your heart out! (hums)
Felix Nash: Here, have a seat! [Throws a chair at Ernest]

Chuck: Bobby, unlock me!
Charlotte Sparow (Miss Sparrow): Ernest, the bomb!

Ernest P. Worrell: Gimme that! (takes bomb) Up, up and away! (glass shatters)
Warden Carmichael: (Thinking Ernest is Nash) He's gettin' away!

Charlotte Sparrow (Miss Sparrow): Ernest, you're alive!
Ernest P. Worrell: [Burnt and recovering from a high fall, coughs] I came! I saw! I got blowed up!







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