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Panic Mechanic (1996)

102 min | Comedy

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 ...See moreWhen 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. Written by Ashley Pillay See less
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André Scholtz (screenplay) | Leon Schuster (screenplay) (story) | Gus Silber (screenplay)
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Updated Dec 1, 1996

Release date
Dec 6, 1996 (South Africa)

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Leon Schuster
Schucks / Various characters Schucks / Various characters   See fewer
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Frantz Dobrowsky
Jack Paddaman Jack Paddaman   See fewer
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Nana Stapelberg
Gloria Haasbroek Gloria Haasbroek   See fewer
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Taryn Sudding
Annie / Various characters Annie / Various characters   See fewer
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John Robbie
Himself Himself   See fewer
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Sello Sebotsane
Hijacker Hijacker   See fewer
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Dorette Nel
Saartjie Saartjie   See fewer
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Desmond Dube
SABC affirmative SABC affirmative   See fewer
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Ernest Ndlovu
SABC boss (as Ernest Ndhlovu) SABC boss (as Ernest Ndhlovu)   See fewer
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Tim Plewman
Minister of Transport Minister of Transport   See fewer
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Coco Merckel
Chauffeur (as Conrad Merckel) Chauffeur (as Conrad Merckel)   See fewer
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Andries van der Heever
Leader of the Opposition Leader of the Opposition   See fewer
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Ruth Cele
President President   See fewer
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Thamele Mavuya
Frankie, homeless child Frankie, homeless child   See fewer
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Zukile Gqobose
Mfusi (as Zukile Ggobose) Mfusi (as Zukile Ggobose)   See fewer
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Francois Stemmet
Jan van der Merwe Jan van der Merwe   See fewer
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Marga van Rooy
Mrs. van der Merwe Mrs. van der Merwe   See fewer
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Nick Collis
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James Borthwick
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Nick Lorentz
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Terence Reis
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Richard Carter
Camp chap Camp chap   See fewer
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David Hall-Green
TV newscaster TV newscaster   See fewer
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John Lesley
Priest (as John Leslie) Priest (as John Leslie)   See fewer
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Shaleen Surtie-Richards
Minibus passenger (uncredited) Minibus passenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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6 / 10 | 161 votes