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.
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Architect Michael Jordon is New York on business. Mysterious and beautiful stranger, Janet Dunn, runs into the taxi cab he's using and asks him to deliver a package for her. Enchanted by her, he does so and goes back to meet Janet afterwards, but finds her in her hotel dead. Now everyone believes that he's the killer and to make things even worse, a mysterious sinister group that's after the package is now after him as well. His only ally is his business contact Kate Hellman, who has mysteries of her own. Their first goal is to find out what was in the package. Meanwhile, someone tries to assassinate the director of national security, whom Janet Dunn tried to contact before her death.
Director Sidney Poitier, a stickler for realism, said of this movie's location shooting: "We had to film on location. There is only one New York and one Boston. Each city has a character of its own which was essential to the film. You just can't fake it". See more »
The woman's name who is murdered in the hotel is Janet Dunn, at 55:44 Michael Jordan reads an article in the newspaper titled "Janet Stone found murdered in N.Y. hotel room" See more »
[Michael and Kate are left in a small plane with a pilot who has had an apparent heart attack after a bout of burping and belching]
Ask Mr. Puckett if I should bring it nose first or tail first.
Michael he's *dead*.
*He* is not *dead*.
Yes he *is*.
No, he's not; just ask him, ask him.
Mr. Puckett! Should he bring it in nose first or tail first?
What did he say?
[pounding Michael, screaming]
*Michael, he's DEAD!*
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A mildly engrossing, tepid suspenser that apparently bombed in theaters and drew the ire and castigation of moviegoers - an overreaction if ever there were one. Granted, it will never be taken for a masterpiece
the comic elements of the film consistently fall flat, and the plot
is a fourth-rate knockoff of Hitchcock - but it isn't a complete dud either. At least 'Hanky Panky' manages to be consistently engaging as an actioner/thriller (as far as I'm concerned) and it is fun to see Gene Wilder and Richard Widmark sharing screen credit. And it boasts a fun supporting cast: Robert Prosky, James Tolkan, Kathleen Quinlan, the wonderful Josef Sommer (of Lydie Breeze fame), and even a young Larry Pine pop up and keep things hopping. Overall, a passable movie experience - it works as a time-filler if nothing else - but some of the attempts at comedy are pretty pathetic. If the scriptwriters had spiced up the scenario with a bit of wild physical comedy and more amusing situations, they probably could have saved the picture. No, Mr. Poitier - sorry to disappoint you, but watching a helicopter pilot belch for two minutes does not, by any stretch of the imagination, qualify as intrinsically funny.
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