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8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)

A mob bagman finds that his luggage, containing the proof of his gang's latest hit, has been switched.

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Tom Schulman

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Tom Schulman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Pesci ... Tommy
Andy Comeau ... Charlie
Kristy Swanson ... Laurie Bennett
George Hamilton ... Dick Bennett
Dyan Cannon ... Annette Bennett
David Spade ... Ernie
Todd Louiso ... Steve
Anthony Mangano ... Rico
Joe Basile ... Benny
Ernestine Mercer Ernestine Mercer ... Fern
Frank Roman Frank Roman ... Paco
Howard George Howard George ... Big Sep
Tom Platz Tom Platz ... Head of Hugo
Endre Hules ... 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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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Orion

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

8 têtes dans un sac See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Ana, California, USA

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Schulman's directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

When Annette tries to attack Charlie with a fork in the restaurant, the fork switches directions between shots. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Spinelli: Alright, grab all the heads. Just leave the top one.
Ernie: Why?
Tommy Spinelli: Because the top one doesn't look like anybody and Big Sep will never buy it. Now come on.
Steve: Wait a minute. I sawed off this head and you're not even gonna use it?
Ernie: Steve, chill.
Steve: No, you chill. I spent alot of time on this head. Don't you think you could have at least told me this before I cut it off?
[Tommy slaps him in back of the head]
Ernie: Ooh. I saw that coming.
Tommy Spinelli: Don't ever fuck with a guy looking for heads.
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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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Referenced in My Name Is Earl: No Heads and a Duffle Bag (2008) See more »

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Mr. Sandman
(1954)
Produced and arranged by Robert J. Walsh for Screenmusic International
Music by Pat Ballard
Parody lyrics by Tom Schulman
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Second best "head in a bag" movie ever .........
18 November 2009 | by merklekranzSee 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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