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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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 »


Ernie: Are you telling us that you're gonna find a replacement for the head Charlie lost?
Tommy Spinelli: [looking through a year book] Yeah. We got some time to kill before we go to the airport.
Steve: But these are human beings. Innocent people. You can't just kill innocent people because they look like somebody else.
Tommy Spinelli: Let me tell you something, college boy, nobody is innocent. Now who is he?
Steve: He's my anatomy professor. He almost flunked me.
Tommy Spinelli: Good. Here's your chance to get even with the prick. Get me his address.
Steve: Alrighty.
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Second best "head in a bag" movie ever .........
18 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps inspired by the Warren Oates classic "Bring Me the Head of Alffredo Garcia", this heads in a bag comedy has a strong opening, and a somewhat ridiculous finish. The actor's do quite well with what is essentially a one joke movie. "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag" starts as black comedy, but eventually morphs into nothing more than slapstick. The ending at the airport is especially weak, as any idea of how to conclude the film seems to have been lost. Nevertheless, the strong, "dark" first half, along with above average comedy material saves the movie, and compared to some of today's lame comedies, I can recommend seeing "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag." - MERK

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