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Ernest Goes to Camp [Blu-ray] (1987)

Jim Varney , Victoria Racimo , John R. Cherry III  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Jim Varney, Victoria Racimo, John Vernon
  • Directors: John R. Cherry III
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0055UBGHG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Featuring America s Lanky, Lovable Know-It-All!
Everyone s favorite pitchman Ernest P. Worrell stars in his first feature film as the bumbling handyman at Kamp Kikakee who is given a chance to finally be a counselor to a group of juvenile delinquents. Ernest has his hands full with his young charges that delight in tormenting him with their practical jokes. When an unscrupulous mine owner sets his sights upon the camp property, Ernest and his campers must band together to save the day!

First time released on Blu-ray!

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Back to Camp. December 2, 2003
ERNEST GOES TO CAMP was the first of the Ernest movies and it was made in the hey-day of Jim Varney's career as Ernest. The movie was made when Varney had a Saturday morning television show and was still making those popular television commercials on a regular basis. The film precedes other ventures in Varney's career, such as his voice work in the TOY STORY films. Next to ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS, ERNEST GOES TO CAMP is the best of all the Ernest movies that were made.
Unlike the other Varney films, Varney sticks to playing Ernest. Ernest works at a summer camp for boys as a maintenance man. He longs to be a camp counselor, but the director feels he isn't qualified. However, when the camp participates in a "Second Chance" program for delinquint boys and no one else seems to be able to handle them, Ernest is given the job of being their counselor. At first the gang finds him annoying and a push-over, but over time they come to respect him and realize all he has done for them. The climax of the movie erupts when a nearby mining company threatens to takeover the camp after duping the Native American chief who owned the land. Ernest won't stand by and see the camp destroyed and with the help from his boys they take on the mining company.
The movie is full of dumb humor that kids are sure to enjoy. I remember laughing hysterically when I originally saw this film in the theatre. My tastes have changed since then, but after watching the movie again on DVD, I still enjoyed it for what it was: a big, dumb movie with an awful lot of heart. The movie is a great family movie because it contains no foul language or sexual innduendo and very little violence. It's also a joy to watch because it illustrates the comic genius of Jim Varney back in his prime. Plus, it has the only film I know of that includes turtle paratroopers. Happy viewing!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey Vern, check out my summer camp home movie..... September 5, 2002
At last, Jim Varney's films are on DVD. All I can say is, it's about time! However, considering his sad, early death a couple of years ago, you'd think there would be a few extras on these screwball camp classics. Interviews, outtakes, something. But at least we get to bring Ernest home, the guy with the small brains, big heart, and the most flexible face you've ever seen.
This is the first of the Ernest flicks, and considered by most to be his best. Ernest is a maintenance man at a boy's summer camp who gets stuck with a group of juvenile delinquents no one else wants to work with. His innocence, acceptence, and naivete are exactly what the boys need and slowly, he works change in their hearts. Of course, they take great advantage of his dim wits in the beginning with hilarious results. In spite of their joking, Ernest cares for the boys and tries his hardest to be the best camp counselor he can be.
The movie is full of as much camp humor as one can muster - the food jokes probably being the most extreme - and hilarious. We even get to hear Ernest sing. The tone changes midway as the camp is introduced to a crisis. A mining corporation longs to buy the camp for its rich resources and takes advantage of Ernest's low wattage brain power to get it's way. A battle of great proportions ensues, complete with indian war paint, disgusting camp food, and my personal favorite, paratrooper turtles. The paratrooper turtles instantly landed this camp movie in the category of campy classics. And believe it or not, in the middle of all this screwy humor, there are some truly touching moments and some great moral lessons.
The movie is true family fare, free of language, sexual innuendo, or other things that find their way into family films these days.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest for President, Vern!! April 4, 2005
I've must have watched this movie 500 times and just cant get enough of `ol Ernest P. How could a man THIS funny be gathered to jesus at such a young age is beyond my understandin. The turtle should have won an oscar, too, that's one smart reptile! They can't do HALF the stuff that little guy did here in Alabama. I tell ya, if Ernest Worrel was MY camp counselor, I'd a turned out a whole lot better than I am now.

I'm trying to collect the whole series and the only one I'm lacking so far is the first (and greatest) "Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam." In this classic, Jim Varney (Ernest, in case you didn't know he is an actor just PLAYING the character Ernest) plays 5 different characters and REALLY gets to show off his skills. A true master of the art. I cry every time he sings that song about rain.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Funniest Movie Ever! June 14, 1999
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Ernest Goes to Camp is one of the funniest films I have ever seen. Jim Varney is one of the funniest comedians ever and along with this film, should go down in comedy classics history. It is certainly worth a look for fans of the genre or the curious, who will no doubt fall in love with Ernest and want to see all the wonderful sequels this movie produced. Ya know what I mean Vern?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming March 14, 2012
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I grew up with Ernest and have continued to watch him for over 25 years. I loved him then. I love him now. In fact, I appreciate Varney's brand of humor now more than ever. While most kids' shows today are aimed at playing down to a child's intelligence, making them feel as if they're on the bottom rung of things, the 'Ernest' movies never did that. Ernest never lectured a child, he never made them feel inferior. He made them feel like their opinions were just as important as his. He treated them as equals and children really gravitate toward that. I know I did.
'Ernest Goes to Camp' is just one of my favorites that I can't get enough of. Ernest is Kamp Kikakee's 'fix it' guy but dreams of becoming a Camp Councelor, but no one will give him a chance. That is until a group of Juvenile delinquents are selected to join Kamp Kikakee for the summer. Automatically, almost every counselor, especially Councelor Stennis, thinks the worst of them and treats them as such. You treat a kid like a misfit, they'll act like one. You treat a kid like they're worth something, they'll truly shine. Case in point, Stennis gets pushed into the water by the boys after he throws Moose into the lake, knowing he can't swim. No one wants to help the boys so they decide to 'dump' them onto Ernest by giving in to his wish of becoming a counselor. And that's only because they don't want to 'fool' with the boys themselves. At first, all of Ernest's attempts to get the boys interested in camping activities are met with practical jokes, stunts and a mockery of Ernest. But, being Ernest, he refuses to give up on the boys. Eventually, his perseverance pays off and the boys start believing in themselves and their abilities to do something positive with their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for kids
I loved this movie when I was in junior high in the 80s, and I am hoping to pass it on to my niece and nephew. Read more
Published 5 days ago by L. J. Greco
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Funny film
My favorite Ernest film.....loads of laugh out loud funny gags......
Published 2 months ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars know matter what he does
Ernest makes great movies, whether he is in Jail, in Africa, Going back to school, saving Halloween, or in this case going to summer camp, it's a sure hit that everyone will enjoy.
Published 2 months ago by Tim Wesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest
All of the Ernest movies are awesome and my grandson loves to watch them over and over again. Thanks for having them in stock. "Whale of a Time"
Published 4 months ago by maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back great memories
One of my all time favorite movies growing up and now my kids LOVE this movie too. Quality (even with the blu-ray) is crap but that's what I expected from a movie filmed in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by dave101sport
4.0 out of 5 stars Ernest Goes to Camp DVD
Has typical funny Jim Varney comedy to it. Involves adventure of boys camp being shut down by greedy mining owner and Ernest and the boys trying to save it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Byron Hartzler
5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest Goes to Camp is a wonderful and delightful comedy.
Ernest will always be one of my favorite comedians. What I love about the character of Ernest is that he was an easy-going what you see is what you get person who didn't rely on... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jason hyland.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ernest dvd
This is my all time favorite Jim Varney movie. I could watch it week after week and my grandkids love it as well.
Published 20 months ago by MeMaw
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
nice item. price is good. couldnt have asked for anything more. i was pleased with the overall purchase and everything.
Published 21 months ago by penpal8675309
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