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 Jordan, 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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When you're wanted for a murder you didn't commit, chased for secrets you didn't steal, and running from people who want to kill you, the worst mistake you can make is falling in love... See more »


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4 June 1982 (USA)  »

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$3,597,244 (USA) (4 June 1982)


$9,434,062 (USA)

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This movie's promotional material such as movie posters formed the bottom torso of a man and woman out of its "Hanky Panky" title logo. A man's legs and trousers were formed out of the capital "H" letter in the word "Hanky" whilst a skirt and pair of ladies' legs were formed out of the bottom-part of the letter 'K' in the word "Panky". See more »


Ransom: What's your connection with Janet Dunn?
Michael Jordon: [nonchalantly] She's my brother.
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Referenced in Dempsey and Makepeace: Tequila Sunrise (1985) See more »

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Being at the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time Over and Over Again.
3 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The typical mistaken identity thing here as a man named Michael Jordon (go figure that one) played by Gene Wilder gets caught in a web of bad guys. He is being chased for a murder he did not commit and it is also believed that some classified military secrets were stolen as well. Naturally Wilder falls in love with Gilda Radner in the process and constantly tries to elude Richard Widmark. Sidney Poitier actually directed this dud that just never does really come together. The routine is nothing new and it ends up being just like a Road-Runner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon that has silly episodic situations coming at you over and over again. Not a total waste, but still not really interesting enough to make itself any different from dozens of the kind. 2.5 out of 5.

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