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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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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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18 April 1997 (USA)  »

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1 mafiozos, 8 kefalia, 1 sakos  »

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$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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Chain latch on hotel door reappears after falling off. See more »

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Paramedic: What? What are you... Don't kick it! For God's sake, those are live human organs!
Tommy Spinelli: Trust me, pal, they don't feel it.
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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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Ole, Ole
Written by David Snell
Courtesy of Associated Production Music
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A Pleasant Surprise
16 September 2006 | by 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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