Panic Mechanic

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When Hanky Pranky (alias Schucks), star of a candid camera TV show, loses his job to affirmative action, he applies for a job at a stress academy. It´s not long before Schucks discovers his new boss, Jack Paddaman, is as crooked as they come, but it´s too late: the employment contract is signed and sealed.A year passes, and Schucks is no better off. However, his candid camera videos, which poke fun at all sectors of post-1994 South Africa, prove a big hit with stressed-out government ministers. When the president asks Paddaman to make a movie to benefit street children, Schucks and his pals do all the hard work while Paddaman plans how he can get hold of the profits from the video sales. Add a scatterbrained secretary, a lovelorn traffic cop and a cunning street child and you have a roll-in-the aisles comedy with a distinctly South African flavour.

  1. David Lister


Top Billed Cast

  1. Leon Schuster

    Leon Schuster


  2. Tolla Van Der Merwe

    Tolla Van Der Merwe


  3. FD

    Frantz Dobrowsky

    Jack Paddaman

  4. Nana Stapelberg

    Nana Stapelberg

    Gloria Haasbroek

  5. TN

    Themba Ndaba


  6. Taryn Sudding

    Taryn Sudding

    Annie / Various characters

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • January 1, 1997



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