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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.

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

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$9,434,062 (USA)
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Trivia

This was to be another Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor star teaming, but according to website "DVD Verdict", for some reason, Pryor backed out, and his part was rewritten to be a female, and it went to Gilda Radner". See more »

Goofs

The chase through Madison Square Garden is supposed to happen in the summer of 1981, but the circus poster says the circus shows started Wednesday the 1st and ended Sunday the 31st. The only 1981 dates that correspond are April 1st to May 31st, which dates are all in the Spring. Also, the newspaper Pruitt was reading in the club was dated in August 1981. See more »

Quotes

Ransom: What's your connection with Janet Dunn?
Michael Jordon: [nonchalantly] She's my brother.
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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 »

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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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