The Long Kiss Goodnight
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags are used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Long Kiss Goodnight can be found here.

No. The Long Kiss Goodnight was filmed from a script by American screenwriter Shane Black.

The "long kiss goodnight" is a euphemism for death. In the opening narration, when Samantha (Geena Davis) is explaining that the only thing she knows about her former self is a name, Charlene, she says that she has kissed Charlene goodnight.

"Focal retrograde amnesia", a type of amnesia where memory for past events and personal information is lost, while the ability to remember new events is spared.

Filming took place at multiple locations in the province of Ontario, Canada, e.g., Collingwood, Milton, Hamilton, Markham, Uxbridge, Toronto, and Niagara Falls. Some scenes were filmed at the Windemere House, a resort in Muskoka, Ontario, but when the resort burned down during the filming, they reshot the scenes at another resort, Milford Manor in Milton (Daedalus' hideout). The beginning scenes were shot in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Other filming locations in the U.S. included Atlantic City in New Jersey, the Chicago Pier, and Linnwood, Washington.

It was a CIA plan to detonate a chemical bomb in downtown Niagara Falls on Christmas Eve, killing 4,000 civilians and then blaming Islamic terrorists in order to increase their funding and powers.

Who is Caitlin's father?

As Timothy (Craig Bierko) is locking Samantha/Charlene/Charly and her daughter Caitlin (Yvonne Zima) in the freezer, Charly reveals that he is Caitlin's father.

Nathan Waldman (Brian Cox) was drowned at the mill, in the same "torture thingy" that Daedalus (David Morse) was using on Samantha/Charley. She unties herself and gets the pistol from his pants while they're both under water.

How does the movie end?

Charly saves the town from the bomb, saves Caitlin, and they both survive the explosion. Hennesey (Samuel L. Jackson) becomes famous for his role in saving the town, goes on the Larry King Show, and is seen by his son and wife, her jaw dropped about a foot-and-a-half. The president asks Charly to return to governmental duty, but she refuses and goes back to being just Sam. In the final scene, however, she can't help from throwing a knife into a log where a cricket was chirping too loudly.

One movie recommended by viewers who have seen The Long Kiss Goodnight is The Bourne Identity (2002), in which an amnesic who was pulled out of the water with bullets in his back searches for clues to his identity. His story is continued in two sequels, The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). For those who appreciate the mixture of high-octane action scenes with witty dialogue, many other action movies written by Shane Black and/or produced by Joel Silver are highly recommended, such as Lethal Weapon (and its three sequels), The Last Boy Scout, and Last Action Hero (which effectively parodies the genre). Die Hard can be considered the blueprint for this genre of movies, so this movie and its three sequels are also preferred viewing for fans of The Long Kiss Goodnight.

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