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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) Poster

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On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on January 14, 2019, Samuel L. Jackson listed Mitch as his favorite role.
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Geena Davis and then-husband director Renny Harlin checked how long she could hold her breath in their bathtub to prepare for the "water torture" scene.
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In the first draft of the script, the name "Sam Caine" was not an alias used by Charly Baltimore (as it is in the finished film), but was instead a creation of her mind, as an anagram of "amnesiac".
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Screenwriter Shane Black sold the script for the movie with the intention of Renny Harlin directing it and Geena Davis starring in it. Harlin then told him that he and Davis were contractually bound to make Cutthroat Island (1995) first, which became one of the biggest box-office bombs of the decade. Black later stated that this may have caused bad advertisement that worked against this movie as well.
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Shane Black became the first writer to sell a script for $4 million. He later admitted that this caused a lot of envy among his fellow screenwriters, as well as accusations of commercialism. He voluntarily retired from the blockbuster industry for almost a decade as a result.
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One of the movie's original locations was a historic, grand hotel in Muskoka, Ontario, the one-hundred-year-old Windermere House. During filming, however, the hotel caught fire and burned to the ground. The heat from the film lights were initially blamed for causing the blaze, but it was never proven that the lights started the fire.
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The line "Yes, it was very exciting. Tomorrow we go to the zoo" was recycled from Shane Black's original script for The Last Boy Scout (1991).
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This film and Cutthroat Island (1995) were attempts by director Renny Harlin and his then-wife, Geena Davis, to not only further her career, but to generate more public interest in female action stars.
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The ice skating scene was scripted to end with Samantha performing a double axel flip and simultaneously firing over her upside-down head. After two aerial-rig configurations (in sub-zero conditions) and several attempts at greenscreening failed to hold any convincing fluency to the action, it was dropped from the final cut of the film.
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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.
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The film is famous for being one of the three big-budget films that came out of indie studio New Line Cinema in 1996, and underperformed. The other two were The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) and Last Man Standing (1996). Up until their releases, New Line Cinema had specialized in low-to-medium-budgeted genre pictures.
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"RFK 575" is the license plate used in the film for the dead terrorist's car. It's also the license plate used by Derek Zoolander's roommate in Zoolander (2001) and on a car in Final Destination (2000).
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Director Renny Harlin credits Craig Bierko with suggesting the song "She's Not There" by Santana.
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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.
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The resort Windemere House in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada burned down while filming scenes there. The production company had to re-work the scenes in Collingwood, Ontario. Windemere House has since been rebuilt.
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Samuel L. Jackson refers to himself as a "bad motherfucker." In Pulp Fiction (1994), this is what was written on his wallet.
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During development, New Line Cinema considered turning the lead character into a male. Steven Seagal and Sylvester Stallone were considered as suitable choices, if the lead had gone that way.
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Female rapper and Murder, Inc. recording artist Tiffany Lane uses the name Charli Baltimore as her moniker. Lane was a lover of famous New York rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who had recorded a song called "Long Kiss Goodnight" for his 1997 album "Life After Death".
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In this film as well as The Last Boy Scout (1991), both written by Shane Black, the hero mentions sarcastically that someone is so funny he's going to wet himself.
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Trademark of screenwriter Shane Black: this film's action occurs within the Christmas season, just like Lethal Weapon (1987), Iron Man 3 (2013), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), and The Nice Guys (2016). Also The Last Boy Scout (1991).
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When Mitch and Trin pull their scam on the "Man in bed", Mitch and two other actors pretend to be police detectives. Ironically, the room was full of people who have portrayed cops in popular movies and television shows. Rex Linn (man in bed) portrayed a detective on CSI: Miami (2002), Melina Kanakaredes (Trin) portrayed a detective on CSI: NY (2004), Shawn Doyle (Bum Cop) portrayed a detective in the movie Frequency (2000), and Samuel L. Jackson (Mitch) portrayed a cop in the movie The Negotiator (1998) (among many others).
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During an escape attempt, Geena Davis lights gas with a matchbook from Tops. Tops is a grocery store chain based in Buffalo, New York, but also has stores in Rochester, New York, and Pennsylvania.
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The Hennessy family was played by three people who appeared in Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995): Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Washington, and Edwin Hodge.
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According to the C.I.A. personnel file shown during the opening credits, Charlene Baltimore was born in New York City, is six feet tall, and her Social Security number is 079-48-6884. What appears to be a date of birth is mostly obscured, but the year 62 (for 1962) is visible. Geena Davis was born in January 1956.
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The song "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" by Dean Martin plays in Samantha's car radio. The same song, sung by Vaughn Monroe, also featured at the end of Die Hard 2 (1990) also directed by Renny Harlin.
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Trademark of screenwriter Shane Black: while being held at gunpoint, Charly disarms the gunman when he is distracted. Black's screenplays often contain scenes where the hero is able to surprise a gunman who makes a fatal mistake, like in The Last Boy Scout (1991) and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005).
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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.
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Average Shot Length = ~2.9 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~3 seconds.
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The first 6 digits of Samantha Kane's mobile number that she writes on her daughter's arm cast are "717-854-", suggesting that she lives with her boyfriend and daughter in York, PA as the "854" exchange was introduced to the 717 area code (Lancaster, PA and surrounding areas) in 1994 for the York area.
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Craig Ferguson auditioned for the role of Timothy.
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At 9 minutes into the movie, Geena Davis's character, Samantha Caine, is driving home Earl, an intoxicated member of her Christmas party, in a Volvo station wagon when they are involved in a car accident where the vehicle strikes a deer then a tree. In the beginning of the movie Beetlejuice (1988), Geena Davis's character, Barbara Maitland, is driving a Volvo station wagon, same body style as in The Long Kiss Goodnight. She swerves to avoid a dog and drives off a covered bridge causing her and her husband's death.
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The motel in Niagara Falls is actually Milford Manor, a former resort in Milford Bay, Muskoka, Ontario. As it was closed for good, it did not matter if it burned down, like Windemere House.
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Geena Davis, Patrick Malahide and Rex Linn were all in Cutthroat Island (1995), the previous movie directed by Renny Harlin.
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This is the first movie to feature Samuel L. Jackson helping an amnesiac woman to discover her past. The second is 2019's Captain Marvel. Also, the writer of the film Shane Black, also directed Iron Man 3 (2013), which is part of the MCU like Captain Marvel (2019).
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The theatrical trailer features the song "The Eyes of Truth" by Enigma.
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In the scene at the train station Mitch (Samuel L. Jackson) says "I have a bad feeling about this". Samuel L. Jackson was also in the Star Wars movies which are famous for use of this phrase.
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This movie opened on October 11, 1996, which marked the 43rd birthday of David Morse (Luke/Daedalus).
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Samuel L. Jackson worth with Renny Harlin 3 years later on Deep Blue Sea (1999).
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In the scene where Charly (Geena Davis) is supposed to be killed by One-Eyed Jack (Joseph McKenna), you can see in the background a Mercedes Benz W 111 Hardtop Coupé, according to a shortly seen chrome blink on the right side of the trunk lid probably a 280 SEb 3.5 liter V8.
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Rex Linn had previously worked with director Renny Harlin in Cliffhanger (1993).
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French visa # 91314.
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Italian censorship visa # 91793 delivered on 17 June 1997.
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Director Trademark 

Renny Harlin: [Finland] A phone booth has writing on the side that says Hell Sinki, as in Helsinki, Finland.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

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.
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Shares many things in common with the book The Bourne Identity. A spy who hunts terrorists gets shot and almost drowns, wakes up with amnesia and uses clues to patch together their past and links to a shadowy government agency.
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