Ernest in the Army

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Ernest in the Army
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Directed by John R. Cherry III
Produced by Kenneth M. Badish
John R. Cherry III
Written by John R. Cherry III (story)
Joseph Dattorre (screenplay)
Jeff Pillars (screenplay)
Starring Jim Varney
Hayley Tyson
Distributed by Emshell Producers
First Look Home Entertainment (VHS)
Mill Creek Entertainment (DVD)
Release date(s)
  • February 24, 1998 (1998-02-24)
Running time 85 min.
Country United States
Language English

Ernest in the Army is a 1998 comedy film directed by John R. Cherry III and starring Jim Varney. It is the tenth and final film to feature the character of Ernest P. Worrell before Varney's death in February 2000. It was released by Mill Creek Entertainment as part of the DVD box sets Maximum Ernest and Essential Ernest Collection with Knowhutimean? Hey Vern, It's My Family Album and Your World As I See It in 2006. Image Entertainment re-released it six years later as part of the DVD set Ernest's Wacky Adventures Volume 1. In this film, Ernest joins the Army because he wants to drive large vehicles, but ends up being sent into combat. It was shot in Cape Town, South Africa's Koeberg Nature Reserve. John Cherry's son, Josh portrayed Corporal Davis.


Ernest (Jim Varney) is working as a golf ball collector at a golf range in Valdosta, Georgia, but fantasizes about being a war hero. A friend tells him that if he joins the Army, he will get to drive large vehicles and never have to go into actual combat. He enlists, but is deployed to the fictional Middle Eastern country of Karifistan, where his unit has to save the country from being invaded by an evil Islamic dictator named Tufuti of Aziria. Once he began, Ernest and his team investigates a dictator who was responsible for the wars in the nearby village. Suddenly, he finds a lost boy and has to keep him safe until his father is found.


  • Jim Varney as Ernest P. Worrell, Operation Sandtrap Arab
  • Hayley Tyson as Cindy Swanson
  • David Müller as Colonel Pierre Gullet
  • Christo Davids as Ben-Ali (lost boy in desert)
  • Jeff Pillars as General (as Jeff Pillars)
  • Duke Ernsberger as Barnes (General's aide)
  • Ivan Lucas as Tufuti
  • John R. Cherry III as Sgt. Ben Kovsky, aka 'Sarge'
  • Josh Cherry as Corp. Davis

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