8 Heads in a Duffel Bag is a 1997 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 Fantastic Film's Silver Raven award.
Tommy Spinelli (Joe Pesci), is a wiseguy hired by a pair of dimwitted hit men to transport a duffel bag full of decapitated heads across the country to a crime boss (as proof of the deaths). While on a commercial flight, his bag is accidentally switched with that of Charlie Pritchett (Andy Comeau), a friendly, talkative, young American tourist who is going to Mexico to see his girlfriend Laurie (Kristy Swanson) and her parents (George Hamilton & Dyan Cannon). The film revolves around Spinelli harassing Charlie's friends Ernie (David Spade) and Steve (Todd Louiso) for information, while Charlie and Laurie attempt to get rid of their rather unfortunate luggage. The film ends with Charlie and Laurie bringing a severed head to the airport, in order to prove her father's innocence. Benny and Rico try to intervene, but end up getting arrested. It is revealed that Tommy and Charlie set them up, as Tommy departs to Hawaii. Steve goes insane by running around the airport, telling security guards that a head is his "best friend." During the credits, Charlie and Laurie get married with her mother and father present, Steve is seen in a strait-jacket, Fern is present after being thrown out of a van, Ernie is a brain surgeon, and Tommy is enjoying his retirement.
Paramedic: What? What are you... Don't kick it! For God's sake, those are live human organs!
Tommy Spinelli: Trust me, pal, they don't feel it.
Ernie: Are you telling us that you're gonna find a replacement for the head Charlie lost?
Tommy Spinelli: (looking through a year book) Yeah. We got some time to kill before we go to the airport.
Steve: But these are human beings. Innocent people. You can't just kill innocent people because they look like somebody else.
Tommy Spinelli: Let me tell you something, college boy, nobody is innocent. Now who is he?
Steve: He's my anatomy professor. He almost flunked me.
Tommy Spinelli: Good. Here's your chance to get even with the prick. Get me his address.
Laurie: Charlie, I've got it: Fed Ex! Fed Ex them to Steve.
Charlie: We're in Mexico, Laurie. There is no Fed Ex.
Laurie: Well Mex Ex them. I don't care.
|Release Date||18 April 1997|
|US Box Office||$4,000,000|
|Tagline||Meet Tommy Spinelli. He's got two days to deliver this bag, or more heads are gonna roll.|
|Sound Mix||Dolby Digital|
|Film Class||Black Comedy, Crime Comedy, Comedy of Errors|
|Mood||Comedy on the Edge|
|Themes||Nothing Goes Right, Hired Killers, Crime Gone Awry|
|Tones||Wry, Humorous, Quirky, Easygoing, Cynical|