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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 ... 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 »


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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Memoria explosiva 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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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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During filming, Geena Davis was married to Renny Harlin. Samuel L. Jackson had previously appeared in Jurassic Park (1993), opposite Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, who also later became romantically involved. Dern had previously dated Harlin, while Goldblum had previously been married to Davis. See more »

Goofs

Losing pressure on brakes would cause the trailer to stop, not have a runaway truck. See more »

Quotes

Mitch: [after Mitch confesses that he's been in prison] Eight years ago, I was an Atlanta cop. My partner and I worked this fraud case together. That motherfucker hated me! I forget why, but he did. Anyway, some bonds went missing from the evidence room, and, when someone called Internal Affairs and they went searching through my closet, lo and behold, what did they find?
Samantha: The bonds. Your partner put them there, huh?
Mitch: No, no, I did. I stole the damn things.
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French DVD contains some deleted scenes. See more »

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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Music & lyrics by James Pierpont
(1857)
Arranged and adapted by Mike Spalla
Performed by Jingle Dogs
(1995)
Courtesy of Jingle Cats Music
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A Great Film
29 December 2007 | by blissfilmSee all my reviews

I disagree with the reviewer who said this film is not for the "cerebrally-minded." I happen to be somewhat the cerebral type, and I think this is a great film; I love it and have seen it many times.

For me, the great things about this film add up to a woman with a full-on assertive, resourceful personality. Of course the drama is all about the wonderful mother and teacher discovering something else true about herself - and learning to merge the two once she "remembers herself." In the end, her love for her daughter and the tender nurturing person she is merges with the resourceful assertive person who is willing to fight and not give up. Even her daughter has taken on the "don't give up" when Mom is down. I would think there's a part in many of us women that can relate to all of this. And that might explain the box office failure and the rerun hit: women had to discover what I imagine was billed as a pure action film

Samuel L. Jackson is his own type of hero, flaws and all, and nobody could say enough about him. He's another complex character: down-to-earth with a street reality perspective, lower than the average poor man's detective and fairly desperate himself. And yet heroic in the clinch and full of his own kind of love and respect for what he values in women. He's just the man to take her on, and let her know when she's -not- okay. The characters pair in a sort of perfectly out-of-the-box way. So, this "cerebral type" says that this is great writing in terms of characters and storyline. And the violence is an integral part of those characters and story, not added flash or excitement that doesn't tell us anything about their lives or the urgency of their experiences.

And, last but not least, this is a comedy! Great dialogue (and I don't know who else could have played it like Jackson). So take that glitzy action as part of what makes a comedy work here!


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