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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Arizona, desert sites were chosen in and around Tucson, with key action shots taking place at various points along the Grand Canyon. 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

[in trailer only]
[Patrolman walks up to Michael Jordon, wearing a dress, and Kate Hellman, Kate holding Michael's arm and standing behind him]
Patrolman: [to Michael] Is that your car, lady?
[awkward pause]
Kate Hellman: Oh, my aunt is, um, a... deaf mute.
[Michael starts nodding]
Kate Hellman: Isn't that right, auntie?
Patrolman: I thought you said you couldn't hear.
[another awkward pause]
Kate Hellman: She- uh, she reads lips.
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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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Sadly No Re-teaming Of Wilder/Pryor, But Entertaining Anyway,
8 March 2006 | by greene515See all my reviews

'HANKY PANKY' Directed by Sidney Poitier,(To Sir With Love ) Is an only so-so comic outing with Gene Wilder, Minus 'Richard Pryor,RIP:( Instead wilder is cast with his real life wife, Gilda Radner,(Rip) Wilder plays innocent bystander, Micheal Jordon, who whilst in a taxi cab unwittingly becomes involved with a hysterical women, played by Kathleen Quinlan, Quinlan hand's some Government documents on to wilder who then becomes the target of Richard Widmark, in another trademark villainous role, as a shady government agent, Wilder And Radner, are hilariously pitted together with supreme comic situations, that culminates in a deadly showdown, with the villains,


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