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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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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1 mafiozos, 8 kefalia, 1 sakos  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$3,559,990 (USA) (2 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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Annette: You hid those heads in our room then pinned them on my Dick!
[referring to husband, Dick Bennett]
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Referenced in My Name Is Earl: No Heads and a Duffle Bag (2008) See more »

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Some laughs, but mostly ho-hum
20 April 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Eventually, one of the bigger flaws of "8 Heads In A Duffel Bag" will strike viewers. They will ask themselves, "Why does the tone of the movie keep changing?" Sometimes the movie is a goofy comedy. Sometimes it's high-energy farce. Sometimes (actually, most of the time), the movie's tone is kind of flat. I'm not sure why the tone kept changing. Maybe it was a consequence of the lower budget - although the movie never looks seriously cheap, it has the appearance of being hastily shot with not much thought put through it. (And while most of the movie is set in Mexico, it's pretty obvious that it was not shot there.) However, even if a more consistent tone had been generated, the movie would still suffer from a screenplay with a number of flaws. Although Pesci's character has a deadline, he obviously goes past this deadline with no consequences. The movie keeps dropping plot elements and bringing them back after a long time has passed. There are plot holes, and the last third of the movie, when all the characters are together, becomes somewhat confusing.

I will admit that I did laugh a few times, mostly at Pesci's behavior and one-liners. And it's nice to see George Hamilton in a major studio movie again, though he is mostly wasted. But while the movie's flaws didn't aggravate me greatly, at the end I muttered "ehhhh" to the 95 minutes I had just watched.


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