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  • Summary: All gangster Tommy Spinelli (Pesci) wants to do is board a plane and get to San Diego so that he can deliver his carry-on duffel bag to his boss. Unfortunately, the bag is dumped during boarding and is switched with that of a Mexican-bound medical student...who has no idea that the bag he now carries contains the severed heads of eight Los Angeles gang- sters! (MGM) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 12 out of 17
  1. Especially fine are Spade and Louiso, the latter possessing a quality of injured integrity that is priceless here.
  2. 63
    Expectedly lowbrow and grotesque, but there are some truly inspired moments.
  3. 40
    Pesci proves he can act his way through anything.
  4. The heads may be dead, but at least they have a comical look.
  5. 20
    An excruciatingly unfunny comedy.
  6. 0
    Sheer torture, the very definition of unfunniness itself.
  7. Exactly what the title implies: mindless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Joe
    Mar 11, 2006
    I am astonished that a film of this caliber, was not nominated for an academy award. Anything with joe pesci is golden. It's a shame to see this movie fail the way it did. If you haven't seen it yet, see it now! Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2014
    8 Heads in a Duffel Bag is one of those movies that is so awful you wonder how it ever got made. The script is so bad that no character can ever say the right thing at the right time, and no character can ever explain themselves correctly. The screenplay is laughable, and the whole movie seems like a 10 minute SNL skit that ran 90 minutes too long. Don't be fooled by Joe Pesci as the main billing; he's not the most important part of the movie. Expand

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