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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  11 October 1996 (USA)
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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)


£4,543,100 (UK) (17 January 1997)

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Did You Know?


During an escape attempt, Geena Davis lights gas with a matchbook from Tops. Tops is a grocery store chain based in Buffalo, but has stores in Buffalo, Rochester, NY, and into PA. See more »


In the last shot of the car as they escape among the flaming wreckage after the explosion, both headlights are on. In the next shot on a country road, the left headlight has been smashed. See more »


Mitch: Sam... Ill be waiting for you to come and rescue me.
Samantha: Be just a minute...
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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Zombie Town (2010) See more »


Jingle Bells Marching Band
Music by James Pierpont
Arranged by Michael Licari
Produced by Jonathan Firstenberg
Courtesy of Bugbee Music
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User Reviews

High octane, bug budget action thriller. Very entertaining nonetheless.
9 March 2003 | by (Dungarvan, Ireland) – See all my reviews

"The Long Kiss Goodnight" is an enjoyable and very cool action thriller, and a career breakthrough for Geena Davis. The plot is very familiar to that of The Bourne Identity but so what. The fight scenes are a real treat for the eyes and the plotline is strong enough to keep you engaged for the 2 hours.

It's directed with a slick sense of style and avoids most action cliches. Geena Davis is great as an action chick and gets past her usual "good wife" role. Samuel L. Jackson is good as usual as the supporting player. The film's baddie is overly cheesy though and you can tell what's going to happen to him.

It breaks away from the usual run-of-the-mill actioners such as Commando and On Deadly Ground and is definetly one of the best actioners in years. Good fun and good popcorn entertainment. 7.4/10.

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