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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

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Samantha Caine lives in a small town with her daughter. Eight years ago she emerged, two months pregnant, from a nearby river with no memory of her past or who she is. However, she's getting closer to finding out about her past.

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Renny Harlin

Writer:

Shane Black
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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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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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"...the most spectacular action scenes you've ever seen!" See more »


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

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Shane Black's original script for this film was darker and more graphic than the final film. Amongst the many differences, it included some alternate action sequences, and more violence, like the scene where Mitch and Charly are captured and get tortured. Both characters also had bigger backstories in the original script: Mitch, at one point, tells Charly how he was gang raped in prison, and how his wife refuses to let him see his son because of what happened to him, and Charly also had more of a dark backstory in the script than in the film. See more »

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Before Charly starts to pour vodka into the shot glass, she picks it up. In the next shot, the shot glass is still on the counter as she pours the vodka in. See more »

Quotes

Caitlin Caine: I can't!
Samantha Caine: Yes you can. You're one of the X-Men!
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French DVD contains some deleted scenes. See more »


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Many Rivers To Cross
Written by Jimmy Cliff
Performed by Jimmy Cliff
Courtesy of A&M Records Inc./Island Records Inc.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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MUCH better than you'd expect
13 August 2000 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

Not a box office success; no-one really knows why. It may have failed simply because of its title. It looks as though you need a two-word tough-guy title to attract a sufficient proportion of the idiot crowd - "Die Hard", "Lethal Weapon", "Hard Weapon", "Die Lethal", etc. - talking about "the long kiss goodnight" will get you nowhere. But for once Renny Harlin has made a GOOD action movie. A large part of the reason for this lies in the fact that the central character, Samantha, earns our affection and interest early on. As she becomes Charly again, we're torn: we certainly want Charly to thwart the bad guys, and all that; but we don't want her to lose touch with Samantha in order to do so - even though we like Charly, too. Geena Davis bestows all of her considerable charm on both halves of the central character. Samuel L. Jackson plays second fiddle for a change. It turns out he's good at it. That was a compliment.

Intelligent, far superior to anything in the "Die Hard" series - if I were more cynical I'd add, "it's not surprising that it didn't do well", but I don't really feel that way; it IS surprising that it didn't do well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,065,363, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$33,447,612

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,456,761
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby SR

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2.35 : 1
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