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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

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A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leland Perkins
Luke / Daedalus
One-Eyed Jack
Dan Warry-Smith ...
Kristen Bone ...
Girl #1
Jennifer Pisana ...
Girl #2
Man in Bed
Alan North ...


Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, has a job teaching school and makes the best Rice Krispie treats in town. But when she receives a bump on her head, she begins to remember small parts of her previous life as a lethal, top-secret agent. Her old chums in the Chapter are now out to kill her so she enlists the help of a cheap detective named Mitch. As Samantha remembers more and more of her previous life, she becomes deadlier and more resourceful. Both Mitch and Charly proceed to do the killing thing, the bleeding thing and the shooting thing. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Eight years ago she lost her memory. Now, a detective must help her remember the past before it buries them both. What's forgotten is not always gone.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a substantial amount of strong bloody violence, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Memoria explosiva  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,065,363 (USA) (11 October 1996)


$33,328,051 (USA) (10 January 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The resort Windemere House in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada burned down while filming scenes there. Production company had to rework the scenes in Collingwood, Ontario. Windemere House has since been rebuilt. See more »


As Mitch and Sam talk in the car on the way back to her house, the windshield wipers obviously miss sweeping part of the windshield which is free of snow, revealing the white mask on the glass to be paint, and the falling snow to be fake. See more »


One-Eyed Jack: I want my eye back, bitch!
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References Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »


Many Rivers To Cross
Written by Jimmy Cliff
Performed by Jimmy Cliff
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So Underrated Yet So Great
8 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film probably a dozen times since it was originally released theatrically. Anyone who calls this movie trash or horrible just doesn't understand action films or recognize a good one. Perhaps to some the incidents and outcomes may seem far fetched, but in my opinion screenwriter Shane Black ( Lethal Weapon/ Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) crafted one of the most well thought out action adventures you will ever come across. Over the top or not this film flows like clockwork and the action just keeps coming. The final action sequence is one of the best I have ever seen in any film. The cast in this film crackles. Genna Davis gave a tremendous performance and its a damn shame there was never a "LKG" sequel. Samuel L. Jackson is hilarious as her sidekick Mitch a down on his luck private eye trying to help her discover her lost past and make a few bucks. If Baffles me how anyone could not like this film. It packs so many thrills and its so funny. The wisecracks in this film still make me laugh just as hard 10 years later. In my mind the first Matrix film and the Long Kiss Goodnight were easily 2 of the best and most original action flicks of the 90's. Incidentally Shane Black made a fortune when he sold this script. At the time it was the highest selling screenplay and its worth every penny. It's so sad that audiences never gave this movie a chance, cause they would have witnessed Renny Harlins best film and Genna Davis like you have never seen her before. Long live "The Long Kiss Goodnight"!!

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