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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

Writer:

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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Meet Tommy Spinelli. He's got two days to deliver this bag, or more heads are gonna roll. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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 Charlie first opens the duffel, all the heads are sealed in their wrappers, whereas before, one wrapper was clearly half-open for Annette to see its face. See more »

Quotes

Rico: Show me the law on bringing a head out of the country, ah? It ain't a fruit, it ain't a vegetable, it ain't even a plant, goddamm it!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in My Name Is Earl: No Heads and a Duffle Bag (2008) See more »

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Written by Lee Scott
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so many unlikeable characters
1 August 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Tommy Spinelli (Joe Pesci) is a mob guy transporting 8 heads across the country as proof of deaths. Charlie mistakenly picks up his bag. He's on vacation with his girlfriend Laurie Bennett (Kristy Swanson) and her parents (George Hamilton, Dyan Cannon). Laurie wants to break up. The mother is a recovering alcoholic. When she finds the heads, everybody thinks she's drunk.

Joe Pesci is aggressively hateful and not in a funny way. Charlie is pathetic and the actor lacks charisma. Laurie is unlikeable. Nobody is likable. Also they are boring. The family slapstick is bland and weak. At least Pesci isn't boring. However the whole movie is unfunny.


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