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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.

Director:

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 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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A mindless comedy. See more »


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 Heads in a Duffel Bag 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

Gross USA:

$3,602,884

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,602,884
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom Schulman's directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie first opens the duffel the present that was put in earlier is nowhere in sight. See more »

Quotes

Rico: Don't do anything stupid and nothing stupid will happen.
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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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San Pedro
Written by Alain Leroux (as Alain J. Laroux)
Courtesy of Parry-Music Library
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A Pleasant Surprise
16 September 2006 | by tohuSee all my reviews

The rest of the IMDb reviewers have got it about right. This is a good film. Nothing special or brilliant, but it does what it sets out to do which is to make you laugh - and it does so much better than most films of its kind.

I started watching this expecting to change channels quite quickly. I only gave it a chance at all because Joe Pesci was in it - which is never a bad asset for a film. What happened was I found myself smiling quite a lot, and then laughing quite a lot. Not uproariously or uncontrollably. But out loud, and more than once.

Pesci is good - but so is just about everyone else. And the script is wickedly funny too. It's much less predictable than most of its kind, There are twists which are genuinely surprising and interesting, and the film stays pretty fresh (even though in truth it's probably 20 minutes too long).

I'm quite a harsh marker, so a 6 from me is quite a compliment for a film like this. Well-written, nicely-paced, silly without being annoying, and containing some funny performances and a lot of good moments, you will like this one if you give it a chance.


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