Hanky Panky (1982)

PG   |    |  Action, Comedy, Crime


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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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  • Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner in Hanky Panky (1982)
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3 November 2003 | tfrizzell
Being at the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time Over and Over Again.
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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Trivia

This was to be another Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor star teaming, but according to dvdverdict.com, for some reason, Pryor backed out, and his part was re-written to be a female, and it went to Gilda Radner.


Quotes

Patrolman: Is that your car, lady?
Kate Hellman: Oh, my aunt is, um, a... deaf mute.
Kate Hellman: Isn't that right, auntie?
Patrolman: I thought you said you couldn't hear.
Kate Hellman: She- uh, she reads lips.


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.


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.


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.

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