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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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Renny Harlin

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Shane Black
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geena Davis ... Samantha Caine (Charly)
Samuel L. Jackson ... Mitch Henessey
Yvonne Zima ... Caitlin
Craig Bierko ... Timothy
Tom Amandes ... Hal
Brian Cox ... Nathan
Patrick Malahide ... Perkins
David Morse ... Luke / Daedalus
Joseph McKenna Joseph McKenna ... One-Eyed Jack
Melina Kanakaredes ... Trin
Dan Warry-Smith ... Raymond
Kristen Bone Kristen Bone ... Girl #1
Jennifer Pisana Jennifer Pisana ... Girl #2
Rex Linn ... Man in Bed
Alan North ... Earl
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Storyline

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. See more »


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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Kiss Goodnight See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,065,363, 13 October 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,328,051, 12 January 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,456,761, 31 December 1997
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the first draft of the screenplay, Mitch (Samuel L. Jackson) dies of his wounds. The test audience didn't like the ending, so it was re-shot. See more »

Goofs

One-Eyed Jack's shotgun blows a person-sized hole through Samantha's house wall, and the tree-house wall. No matter what sort of ammunition they're using, shotguns simply don't work like that. See more »

Quotes

Mitch: The last time I got blown, candy bars cost a nickel.
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Alternate Versions

French DVD contains some deleted scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Nice Guys (2016) See more »

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O Holy Night
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Music by Adolphe Adam
Lyrics by John Sullivan Dwight
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So Underrated Yet So Great
8 June 2006 | by harlanlovestoneSee 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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