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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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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 <>

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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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When Annette try to attack Charlie with a fork in the restaurant, the fork switch directions between shots See more »


Ernie: I think we better pull over, 'cause we need some gas soon.
Tommy Spinelli: Keep fucking driving.
Fern: Didn't I tell you to watch your fucking language?
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Referenced in My Name Is Earl: No Heads and a Duffle Bag (2008) See more »


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Decent 90s Mob Comedy
23 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A mob bagman (Joe Pesci) finds that his luggage, containing the proof of his latest hit, has been switched.

This was a nice departure for David Spade, stepping away from "Saturday Night Live", though still staying within comedy. Not his best work, but also probably not his fault. As a whole, the movie never really takes off the way it should.

The exception is an awesome dream sequence, perhaps one of the better dream sequences ever filmed. Sadly, this one minute is the very best -- the rest of the film does not live up to the great title. Overall, it is quite tame on the violence and gore for the subject matter. If the same story was done without it being comedy, who knows how great this might have been?

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