8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  18 April 1997 (USA)
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A mob bagman finds that his luggage, containing the proof of his latest hit, has been switched.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernestine Mercer ...
Frank Roman ...
Howard George ...
Big Sep
Tom Platz ...
Head of Hugo
Head of Marty
Calvin Levels ...
Head of Jamal


This is a very black comedy. A mob courier is hired to transport the heads of eight murder victims to a mob boss. However, the duffel bag gets mixed up with the bag of a college student who is off on a vacation in Mexico with his girlfriend and her parents. However, the mother is a recovering alcoholic whom everyone believes is delusional when she claims to have found heads. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Meet Tommy Spinelli. He's got two days to deliver this bag, or more heads are gonna roll. See more »


Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1 mafiozos, 8 kefalia, 1 sakos  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,024,516 (USA) (18 April 1997)


$3,559,990 (USA) (2 May 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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When Charlie first opens the duffel the present that was put in earlier is nowhere in sight. See more »


Annette: You hid those heads in our room then pinned them on my Dick!
[referring to husband, Dick Bennett]
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Spoofs Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Mr. Sandman
Produced and arranged by Robert J. Walsh for Screenmusic International
Music by Pat Ballard
Parody lyrics by Tom Schulman
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A Pleasant Surprise
16 September 2006 | by (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The rest of the IMDb reviewers have got it about right. This is a good film. Nothing special or brilliant, but it does what it sets out to do which is to make you laugh - and it does so much better than most films of its kind.

I started watching this expecting to change channels quite quickly. I only gave it a chance at all because Joe Pesci was in it - which is never a bad asset for a film. What happened was I found myself smiling quite a lot, and then laughing quite a lot. Not uproariously or uncontrollably. But out loud, and more than once.

Pesci is good - but so is just about everyone else. And the script is wickedly funny too. It's much less predictable than most of its kind, There are twists which are genuinely surprising and interesting, and the film stays pretty fresh (even though in truth it's probably 20 minutes too long).

I'm quite a harsh marker, so a 6 from me is quite a compliment for a film like this. Well-written, nicely-paced, silly without being annoying, and containing some funny performances and a lot of good moments, you will like this one if you give it a chance.

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