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Genaro gets a job at a resort in hopes of marrying an American woman and moving to New York in search of a better life. He meets a tourist called Martha and everything seems going according to plan, until her boyfriend shows up.


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Credited cast:
Fausto Mata Fausto Mata ... Genaro
Zdenka Kalina Zdenka Kalina ... Martha
Tony Pascual Tony Pascual ... Chelo
Aquiles Correa Aquiles Correa ... Carlitos
Nurin Sanlley Nurin Sanlley ... Dorothy (as Nuryn Sanlley)
Massimo Borghetti Massimo Borghetti ... Giussepe (as Massimo Burgeti)
Alina Vargas Alina Vargas ... La Joven
Patricia Banks Patricia Banks ... Helen
Olga Bucarelli Olga Bucarelli ... Genaro's Mother
Miguel Lopez Miguel Lopez ... Martha's Boyfriend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wason Brazobán Wason Brazobán ... Himself
Franklin Romero Jr. Franklin Romero Jr. ... Receptionist


In Dominican Republic, the local Genaro works in a small family store and lives with his mother in a poor neighborhood. He is learning a couple of words in English and dreams on being a sanky-panky to get married to an American tourist to move to New York with a VISA and have a better life. He calls his friend Giussepe, who is the manager of a resort in Bávaro, and applies for a job position entertaining children but expecting to find a wealthy tourist. Genaro meets the gorgeous Martha, who has come from New Jersey with her fat aunts Dorothy and Helen, to forget her fiancé after calling off her wedding. Genaro calls his best friends, the womanizer Chelo and the gluttonous Carlitos, to date the aunts and live him alone with Martha. Martha only speak English and Genaro just know a couple of words in English, but everything works out the way he had schemed until the day Martha's boyfriend comes to the resort. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Musical

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 February 2007 (Dominican Republic) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bávaro, Dominican Republic See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Premium Latin Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color (Fujicolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Followed by Sanky Panky 2 (2013) See more »


En un solo día
Performed by Wason Brazobán
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Nice Dominican Cinema
9 February 2007 | by Hugo PaganSee all my reviews

As a Dominican I have seen a lot of movies that were shot and made with native material and for me this one is taking the film industry in our country to the next level. This is a movie with a nice script (with minors flaws), well crafted humor, and good acting for some characters.

If your are not Dominican you will enjoy it anyway because of the hilarious of the center character as well as other actors.

In the technical aspect this movie has a great soundtrack, as well it has a nice sound editing and mixing, well directed also.

Sanky Panky show us the real world of the people that does not know other way to succeed but getting involved with a rich tourist and try to make it to the U.S. or Europe maybe, and this is a cruel reality for a part of our population.

We have had good movies before, and this one must be up there along the best of the best.

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