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8 Heads in a Duffel Bag is a Americanmarker black comedy film starring Joe Pesci and David Spade. It was the directorial debut of screenwriter Tom Schulman. In 1998 the film won the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film's Silver Raven award.


Tommy Spinelli (Pesci), is a wiseguy hired by a pair of dimwitted hitmen to transport a duffel bag full of decapitated heads across the country to a crime boss (as proof of the deaths). Unfortunately for Spinelli, the bag gets switched with an identical bag belonging to Charlie Pritchett (Comeau), an American tourist on his way to a vacation in Mexicomarker with his girlfriend (Swanson) and her parents. Spinelli works to track down the missing heads, while Pritchett attempts to rid himself of his unwanted baggage.


Critical reception

The film on the whole was not critically well-received either. Although Roger Ebert praised Joe Pesci's performance as being "the best thing in the movie; he's funny every moment he's on the screen", Ebert also remarked that the rest of the movie underperformed as a comedy . Entertainment Weekly's Bruce Fetter was even harsher to the entire production, giving the movie a rating of 'F' and further stating that it "aims for dark farce but ends up playing more like Weekend at Bernie's VIII".

The film holds a rating of 12% (rotten) at Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews.

Box office performance

The film was a box-office flop, earning just under $4 million in its entire theatrical run.


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