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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Bill Byrge, Barbara Tyson, Barry Scott
  • Directors: John R. Cherry III
  • Writers: Charlie Cohen
  • Producers: Coke Sams, Martin Erlichman, Phil Walden, Stacy Williams
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment - Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,767 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ernest Goes to Jail" on IMDb

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Only a bumbling bank janitor like know-it-all knucklehead Ernest P. Worrell (Emmy(R) Award-winning comedian Jim Varney) could serve on jury duty and wind up serving time -- in the slammer! The laughs start when a crooked lawyer discovers that Ernest is a dead ringer for his crime-boss client ... and before you can say "Framed!" -- the switch is on! While Ernest is behind bars trying to fit in and break out, he manages to turn the big house into a nuthouse full of big laughs. Meanwhile, his evil double is busy taking his place at the bank and in his girlfriend's life! Full of comic inventiveness, a wacky cast of characters, and slam-bang special effects, ERNEST GOES TO JAIL is guilty of maximum fun in the first degree!

Customer Reviews

The very best of all the Ernest films.
Michael Pines
All of the Ernest movies are awesome and my grandson loves to watch them over and over again.
Man, Jim Varney was a great performer.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Meyer on December 10, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Jim Varney in one of his best misadventures! The story-line is absolutely hysterical...Jim Carrey and the young Jerry Lewis couldn't have done it better!
Critics take note..there is no such thing as "low-brow" comedy..educated people call it slapstick, and not everyone can do it well. Jim Varney had a "gift", and he knew how to use it...combining this original story with his personality and antics resulted in a gut busting FUNNY film.
I have seen countless great comedies that run the gamut,from The Stooges to Woody Allen. "Ernest Goes To Jail" is right up there with the best comdeies you could own! Too bad it's not on DVD.
Even Walt Disney would have approved!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on September 15, 2002
Format: DVD
I really wanted to give this movie the five stars it so rightly deserves, but I can't. The DVD is just very, VERY poor. I will get to that later.
I always loved the Ernest movies when I was a kid, and even today at age 20, I still find them as funny and humerous as I did when I was little, if not more. "Ernest Goes to Jail" is by far my favorite Ernest movie.
Ernest always seems to get in trouble, and this movie is no exception. Ernest P. Worrell works as a janitor at a bank; or at least TRYING to work. Things go horribly wrong when Ernest is framed by a ruthless convict who looks EXACTLY like him, and is sent to the big house. While the evil look-alike is living his life, Ernest has to make it out of jail alive in hopes of proving his innocence. But of course, as always, nothing ever comes easy for Ernest. And the results are hillarious.
Jim Varney is as hillarious as ever in this out-of-control comedy. Forget Jim Carrey, THIS guy was the king of physical comedy. He also takes the challeng of playing TWO roles; playing Ernest, and the evil convict, Nash. And as goofy as this movie is, it actually has a creative story and plot.
The DVD, on the other hand, is not so great. Be warned: it is FULLSCREEN. I don't care if this is a comedy, it should be widescreen. Now, I wouldn't had mind if this movie had not been shot in widescreen, but from what I can remember, this one WAS in theatres, so it HAD to have been shot in widescreen format. But, I guess I can let that slide, since I have never seen the movie in widescreen, and being used to seeing it in fullscreen. The picture quality is so-so; not bad, but not great. Might as well have watched it on VHS. However, the sound quality is really good.
Special features? There aren't any.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By theboombody VINE VOICE on July 24, 2006
Format: DVD
This is probably my favorite of the Ernest movies. Man, Jim Varney was a great performer. I was sorry to hear he passed away a few years ago.

In this Ernest movie, Ernest works in a bank as a janitor and is terrible at his job. He hopes to work his way up to being a bank clerk, but there's little chance of that. He gets electrocuted while fiddling around with his floor waxer and it messes his whole body up, because every now and then throughout the film he becomes magnetized and metal objects begin chasing him around.

He has a crush on his coworker at the bank and finally gets a date with her. On the date, he wears the same old vest and brown cap he always wears.

A few days later, he gets a jury duty summons, and is actually delighted that "out of hundreds and thousands of people they could have picked, they chose me." After the trial starts, he's chewing on a pen as he listens to the case, and the pen busts in his mouth, in what has to be my favorite scene in the entire movie.

The defendant in the case notices that Ernest looks exactly like a fellow inmate of his, a convicted killer and bankrobber known as Mr. Nash. The defendant arranges for the jury to have a look at the jail where his alleged crime took place and a switch is made between Mr. Nash and Ernest. With Mr. Nash on the jury, the defendant is found innocent, and Mr. Nash tastes freedom as everyone thinks that this psychotic hardcore killer is plain old kind-hearted Ernest now.

Poor dumb Ernest is in jail for quite some time before he figures out what has happened. He figures he's just been "sequestered" as a juror. Ernest then finds out from other prisoners that he was switched with Mr. Nash, and unless Ernest acts like Mr. Nash to avoid suspicion, the real Mr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SRFireside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 21, 2005
Format: DVD
Jim Varney gives a somewhat "different" performance in this particular Ernest movie. He plays Ernest to a T with the madcap physical comedy mixed with some oddly intelligent (yet stupid... weird eh?) dialog. Only this time Varney gets to stretch his acting a bit by playing some different characters. Well... one different character. The rest are Ernest doing impersonations. Still this is a treat for any fan of slapstick comedy.

Varney's new character, Felix Nash, is a hardened criminal and Jim does a good job with the differences between Felix and Ernest. You still see much of Varney's signature facial expressions on this new character, however there is enough in the subtle differences that make it convincing. You also get to see Auntie Nelda of Varney's TV show make an appearance. A very funny character indeed. Top it all off with Ernest making impressions on various movie characters and you get a lot of Jim Varney talent in one movie.

As others have said this movie is a laugh riot, but don't expect sophisticated comedy. This is comedy with crazy and unrealistic things happening, jokes that don't require too much thought, and Varneys classic takes on camera. You also get Ernest regulars Chuck and Bobby as overzealous bank security guards, and add so much flavor and additional laughs as well.

Okay enough about the movie itself, which is funny and family friendly. This DVD is just wasted potential if you ask me. For one it's done in full screen, not widescreen. That in of itself is insulting considering how easy it is to put in both if they wanted to. Also the picture isn't exactly digital quality. I'm not going to fault them for not spending money to do a digital cleanup, but no widescreen?
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Ernest Voice Imitaions
You've probably have the answers but Jim Varney imitates(in order): 1. James Cagney. 2. Barry Fitzgerald. 3. Sylvester Stallone. 4. Humphrey Bogart. 5. Walter Brennan. 6. his CB voice 7. James Mason. 8. Great Uncle Lloyd.
Aug 8, 2011 by S. A. S. L. |  See all 2 posts
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