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Ernest Goes to Camp [1987] (1 disc)

Director:John R. Cherry III
Writer:Coke Sams
John R. Cherry III
Composer:Shane Keister
Length:92 minutes
(1 hour 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Charlie
IMDB Rating:4.6/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:55%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Ernest works maintenance at summer camp, but he wants to be a counselor.

Reaction: This movie is periodically problematic but there's a refreshing innocence about Varney's Ernest character.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
John R. Cherry III => Director / Writer
Coke Sams => Writer
Shane Keister => Composer
Daniel Butler => Eddie (Chef #2)
Gailard Sartain => Jake (Chef #1)
Iron Eyes Cody => Old Indian 'Chief St. Cloud'
Jeffrey Buckner Ford => Mr. Eliott Blatz (Sherman Krader's Co-Worker) (as Buck Ford)
Jim Henson => Minor (uncredited)
Jim Varney => Ernest P. Worrell
John Vernon => Sherman Krader
Larry Black => Mr. Tipton, the camp owner
Lyle Alzado => Bronk Stinson (Foreman)
Victoria Racimo => Nurse St. Cloud

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The last film of Iron Eyes Cody.
  • The middle initial in Ernest P. Worrell fittingly stands for "Powertools".
  • Several items in Ernest's cabin - alligator puppet, picture of his mother (also portrayed by Jim Varney) - were all used on commercials Jim Varney did in the early 1980s.