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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

Writer:

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

Gross USA:

$33,447,612

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,456,761
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Yvonne Zima, who plays Charlie's daughter Caitlin, would work with Shane Black again nearly 20 years later, on the films Iron Man 3 and The Nice Guys, both directed by Black. See more »

Goofs

When Caitlyn gets Charly back on her feet, a shot of the bomb timer shows 4:59 (four minutes, fifty nine seconds) to go. However, the explosion happens 3:46 (three minutes, forty six seconds) later. This is not a mistake since the countdown does not necessarily occur in real time. See more »

Quotes

Timothy: And Charlie... you fuck with me, I'll blind the kid and shoot out her knees.
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French DVD contains some deleted scenes. See more »

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Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
Written by George Gordy, William Stevenson and Marvin Gaye
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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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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