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Hanky Panky (1982)

PG | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 4 June 1982 (USA)
Completely innocent man, Michael Jordon, is drawn into a web of government secrets when a girl carrying a mysterious package gets into a taxi with him. When she's later murdered, Michael becomes the chief suspect and goes on the run.

Director:

Sidney Poitier
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Wilder ... Michael Jordon
Gilda Radner ... Kate Hellman
Kathleen Quinlan ... Janet Dunn
Richard Widmark ... Ransom
Robert Prosky ... Hiram Calder
Josef Sommer ... Adrian Pruitt
Johnny Sekka ... Lacey
Jay O. Sanders ... Katz
Sam Gray Sam Gray ... Dr. John Wolff
Larry Bryggman ... Stacy
Pat Corley ... Pilot
Johnny Brown ... Bus Driver
Bill Beutel Bill Beutel ... Anchorman
Nat Habib Nat Habib ... Cab Driver
James Tolkan ... Conferee
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Storyline

Michael Jordon, a Chicago architect, is New York on business. A beautiful stranger identifying herself as Janet Dunn, runs into the taxi cab he's using. He volunteers to put a package into the mailbox for her after she hastily addresses the envelope. Infatuated with her goes to see her at her hotel. She brushes him off and closes the door in his face. He is about to leave when he hears a shot. Janet opens the door and falls into his arms dead. Now everyone believes that he's the killer. A mysterious group that's after the package is now after him. His only ally is Kate Hellman, who has secrets of her own. To clear his name they have to find out what was in the package, who wants it and why. Written by eayala8

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1982 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,597,244, 6 June 1982

Gross USA:

$9,823,934

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,823,934
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In New Salem, New York, a fully restored farmhouse built in 1798 was used as a filming location. See more »

Goofs

When Michael steals a jeep from the secret defense facility and trades it for another vehicle, the number on the hood of the jeep he stole is different than the number on the jeep he trades. See more »

Quotes

[Michael and Kate are left in control of a small plane with a pilot who has had an apparent heart attack after a bout of burping and belching. A voice on the radio told them they're entering prohibited government airspace and, in grabbing the radio and handing it to Kate to talk, Michael broke the cabling to the transmitter]
Michael Jordon: I knew this would happen! I dreamt about this all my life!
Kate Hellman: Get ahold of yourself.
Michael Jordon: Since I was a little boy, I dreamt this was gonna happen to me!
Kate Hellman: Just get ahold of...
Michael Jordon: Wait a...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The main cast is identified at the end with a brief scene in which they were involved that freezes as the actor and character name is shown, except for Richard Widmark, who is credited over the scene of the exploding helicopter. See more »

Alternate Versions

In a deleted scene, while trying to get out of New York, Kate has Michael dressed up & disguised as an old woman when they are stopped by a cop on the street. The cop asks Kate if the red car parked next to the sidewalk is her car. He looks at Michael, who dressed as the old woman & says to him "Well, why aren't you saying anything?". Kate tells the cop "Oh, my aunt here is a deaf mute". Michael mistakenly keeps noting his head. The cop asks "How come she can hear what I'm saying?". Kate quickly replies "She can't but she can read lips", Michael nods his head again. Some parts of this deleted scene were shown in the trailer to the movie. See more »

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A talented cast makes it enjoyable.
24 May 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Gene Wilder plays the amusingly named Michael Jordon, an architect from Chicago, in this comedy / thriller. Jordon is an innocent guy who gets swept into big time trouble after sharing a cab with an operative named Janet Dunn (Kathleen Quinlan), who's being pursued by traitorous American thugs. They desperately want their hands on a valuable computer tape, and will do anything to get it. Wilder's real-life love Gilda Radner plays the young woman eager to help him out, and she has her own reason for doing so, although he won't be aware of this for a while. Not only are these spies out to get him, but the cops in NYC assume him to be a killer. (When WILL innocent movie characters learn not to pick up murder weapons?) Knowing that "Hanky Panky" was originally intended as a reunion of director Sidney Poitier and actors Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor (after "Stir Crazy") makes one wonder what could have been, as the comedy fireworks would certainly have been even greater. As it is, Wilder and Radner (who's cute and adorable) do have an energetic chemistry. The movie itself is pretty entertaining and energetic itself, moving along very well and offering up some good action sequences; Poitier does a nice job with the material. The movie actually takes itself rather seriously much of the time, but there are still some good comedy moments, especially when Michael steals a tuxedo and, while aboard a bus, realizes it belonged to a magician, and the sequence with a sickly airplane pilot where Michael has to take the controls. Suffice it to say, there aren't many people who can freak out as well as Gene Wilder. "Hanky Panky" finds him in fine form, and the supporting cast features a slew of recognizable and reliable actors. Richard Widmark, as the chief heavy, shows that he still had great villainous presence on screen, well into his 60s. Also appearing are Robert Prosky, Josef Sommer, Johnny Sekka, Jay O. Sanders, and character actors Pat Corley, James Tolkan, Beau Starr, Frankie Faison, Larry Pine, William Sadler, and Victor Argo in small roles. This is of course no "North by Northwest", but it's not bad at all, either, remaining agreeable entertainment for a lively 108 minutes. At the least, it's worth noting that this is where Wilder and Radner met. Seven out of 10.


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