Panic Mechanic

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Overview

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.

Movie Data

Facts

Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 40m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • January 1, 1997
    Theatrical

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Cast 14

  1. Leon Schuster
  2. Tolla Van Der Merwe
  3. FD

    Frantz Dobrowsky
    Jack Paddaman

  4. Nana Stapelberg

    Nana Stapelberg
    Gloria Haasbroek

  5. TN
  6. Taryn Sudding

    Taryn Sudding
    Annie / Various characters

  7. JR

    John Robbie
    Himself

  8. Dorette Nel

    Dorette Nel
    Saartjie

  9. SS

    Sello Sebotsane
    Hijacker

  10. Desmond Dube

    Desmond Dube
    SABC man

  11. Lieb Bester
  12. EN

    Ernest Ndhlovu
    SABC boss

  13. Pierre van Pletzen
  14. TP

    Tim Plewman
    Minister of Transport

Crew 1

Directing

  1. DL

    David Lister
    Director

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