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8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)

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

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Frank Roman ...
Paco
Howard George ...
Big Sep
Tom Platz ...
Head of Hugo
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Head of Marty
Calvin Levels ...
Head of Jamal
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Storyline

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 »

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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1 mafiozos, 8 kefalia, 1 sakos  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,024,516, 20 April 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,559,990, 4 May 1997
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Tom Schulman's directorial debut. See more »

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During the final bit of the "headless corpses tussling with Tommy in his bed" footage, part of the CGI-removed head of the actor can be seen as a faint blurry outline above the stump of the corpse's neck. See more »

Quotes

Steve: Heads up! Stop a-head. Anybody need to use the head?
Ernie: Steve...
Steve: Oh, don't let it go to your head. Whoa, whoa, whoa, you're _way_ ahead of me!
Ernie: Steve! Enough!
Steve: Hey, don't bite my head off, alright!
Ernie: That's it. I'm sleeping outside, guys.
Annette: Me, too.
Charlie: Hey, Steve; GET A GRIP. Go to sleep.
Steve: Or what? You'll have my head?
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Crazy Credits

Tommy DeVito is mentioned as being a bodyguard for Tommy Spinelli (Joe Pesci). It's in fact a gag credit referring to Pesci's role of Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas (1990). See more »

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References Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) See more »

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Mr. Sandman
(1954)
Performed by The Chordettes
Music by Pat Ballard
Courtesy of Barnaby Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing, Inc.
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Switch of your brain for once and enjoy.
8 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Before I watched this movie I already read the reviews on IMDb. Almost everybody says it is an awful movie. Well, I'm in a good mood today and I'm not going to follow everybody's opinion. I liked it, not all the time, but it was OK.

Joe Pesci is a mobster who has two days to deliver 8 heads of other criminals to his boss. If he fails his head will be the next to be cut off. Of course on the airport his bag is switched with another one.

Not all the gags and jokes are good. There are some very predictable and embarrassing ones. Not only embarrassing for a great actor like Joe Pesci, but also for the guy who came up with them. However, there were some terrific ones as well, the best perhaps is the dream sequence. I'm not going to tell what happened, but it is really hilarious.

Overall I would call it an enjoyable movie when you are able to switch off your brain for once. I gave it a 6/10, which isn't bad for this kind of movies.


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