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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.


Tom Schulman


Tom Schulman
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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 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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Get ready for cut-throat comedy! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


For reasons unknown Joe Pesci is fitted with a dental prosthetic featuring a gap tooth. See more »


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


Benny: You do that and Big Sep kills us all.
Charlie: Fuck Big Sep!
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Crazy Credits

Film title logo appears at the end of the end credits See more »


Spoofs Candid Camera (1953) See more »


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Performed by Toxic Pets
Written by Lee Scott
Courtesy of Lobe Current Music
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Funny, but that's all.
6 July 2000 | by SwatchDogSee all my reviews

Why wasn't this film given a cinematic release here in Australia? "8 Heads in a Duffel Bag" is a hilarious goofball comedy in the tradition of Weekend at Bernies, Billy Madison, There's Something about Mary, Dumb & Dumber, The Stupids, etc..

Who really cares about plot - look at the title?? Were you expecting Schindler's List? I was roaring with laughter from start to finish. Joe Pesci was fantastic as the hitman. I loved the airplane scene hehe ("Sure make conversation, just do it in sign language"). The rest of the cast performed nicely as well. I particularly liked Dyan Cannon as the recovering alco. I laughed my head off when she found the head, same for when Kristy Swanson found them ("You got me a present!"). When the heads broke out into song ("Mr Sandman") I was laughing tears.

David Spade annoyed me but this minor flaw can be discarded by screaming "Up Your Ziggy with a WahWah brush" everytime he comes on screen - helped me relax!

Entertainment Scale: 8/ 10

Overall: 7/10

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Release Date:

18 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,024,516, 20 April 1997

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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