8 Heads in a Duffel Bag

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Cross What's up Doc with Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and you get this dark screwball comedy of murder and lost luggage. Mafia hitman Tommy Spinelli Joe Pesci is flying to San Diego with a bag that holds eight severed heads, which he's bringing to his superiors to prove that some troublesome rival mobsters are permanently out of the picture. Medical student Charlie Pritchett Andy Comeau is headed to Mexico with his fiancée Laurie Bennett Kristy Swanson to meet her parents. Charlie's suitcase is identical ...
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Cross What's up Doc with Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and you get this dark screwball comedy of murder and lost luggage. Mafia hitman Tommy Spinelli Joe Pesci is flying to San Diego with a bag that holds eight severed heads, which he's bringing to his superiors to prove that some troublesome rival mobsters are permanently out of the picture. Medical student Charlie Pritchett Andy Comeau is headed to Mexico with his fiancée Laurie Bennett Kristy Swanson to meet her parents. Charlie's suitcase is identical to Tommy's, and it's not until Tommy arrives in San Diego that he discovers that there are no heads in his bag, while Charlie realizes his duffel most certainly does not contain his vacation wardrobe. Tommy finds Charlie's address in the bag and heads to the fraternity house he calls home, where he drafts Charlie's friends Ernie David Spade and Steve Todd Louiso into finding him some replacement heads post-haste. Meanwhile, Laurie's parents Dyan Cannon and George Hamilton are a bit miffed to discover that their future son-in-law is travelling with a bag full of rotting heads, while Laurie is ready to give Charlie his walking papers. Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag was the directorial debut of screenwriter Tom Schulman, who won an Academy Award for his script for the movie Dead Poets Society.
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The most shocking thing about 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag -- whose premise is all right there in the title -- is that it was greenlighted in the first place. Second most shocking is that it's actually sort of fun. Playing an exhausted version of his familiar mobster sociopath, Joe Pesci seems almost bored by his obligation of tracking down his gruesome quarry. What might seem like lazy acting instead feels like a conscious choice on Pesci's part, which informs the rest of the cast in keeping the tone more lighthearted than the subject matter would suggest. Key assistance comes from newcomer Andy Comeau, who channels a young Daniel Stern as the panicky and confused boyfriend, and David Spade, who proves how effective he can be in a supporting role. Writer-director Tom Schulman has written some funny material about how Pesci's character searches for replacement heads, enlisting the unwitting help of Charlie's two fraternity brothers played by Spade and an increasingly unhinged Todd Louiso, such that they're all eventually arguing whether one particular substitute is a "good Frank" or just a "so-so Frank." In the process, the heads themselves almost assume personalities. The portion involving Charlie's girlfriend's family in Mexico is a lot more broad, relying too much on the histrionics of Dyan Cannon as the girlfriend's mother, who boozes too much and then attacks Charlie with a fork. And a lot of the third-act plot mechanics leave a lot to be desired in the logic department. No one will mistake 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag for high art, but it's a surprisingly good-natured comedy that exceeds its bad reputation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • UPC: 883904130772
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Pesci Tommy Spinelli
Andy Comeau Charlie Pritchett
Kristy Swanson Laurie Bennett
Todd Louiso Steve
David Spade Ernie Lipscomb
George Hamilton Dick Bennett
Dyan Cannon Annette Bennett
Anthony Mangano Rico
Joe Basile Benny
Ernestine Mercer Fern Bennett
Frank Roman Paco
Howard George Big Sep
Technical Credits
Tom Schulman Director
Benita Allen Asst. Director
John Bertolli Producer
Greg Cannom Makeup Special Effects
Tim Foster Co-producer
Andrew Gross Score Composer
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
David Holden Editor
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Jeffrey D. Ivers Executive Producer
Jane Jenkins Casting
Brad Krevoy Producer
Amy McIntyre-Britt Casting
Paul Peters Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven Stabler Producer
Ed White Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas P. Wilkins Art Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hilarous

    This is the funniest movie ever! The title and plot may be odd but it will have your cheeks hurting from laughing soo hard. If your not laughing then theres something wrong with you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious!

    you'll be holding your side the whole time!

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