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Long Kiss Goodnight
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The Long Kiss Goodnight

4.2 7
Director: Renny Harlin, Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Malahide

Cast: Renny Harlin, Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Malahide

 

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An ordinary woman discovers that her life was not always ordinary in this action thriller. Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) is a typical, well-mannered single mother working as a schoolteacher when she isn't looking after her children. Nothing on the surface would seem to be remarkable about Samantha's life, but every once in a while she has vague memories and unexplained

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An ordinary woman discovers that her life was not always ordinary in this action thriller. Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) is a typical, well-mannered single mother working as a schoolteacher when she isn't looking after her children. Nothing on the surface would seem to be remarkable about Samantha's life, but every once in a while she has vague memories and unexplained impulses that don't add up with her current life experience; she has scars but no idea of how they got there, she suddenly displays a deadly talent for knife-throwing while chopping vegetables for dinner, and when she sees a deer, she suddenly attacks it with her bare hands. When an auto accident and a television news broadcast stirs some more uncomfortable memories, Samantha hires private investigator Mitch Hennessey (Samuel L. Jackson) to look into her past and see what he can find. Mitch learns that Samantha isn't really Samantha after all -- her name is Charley and she used to be a professional assassin with a secret government intelligence program. After a severe head injury, Charley developed a case of amnesia, and in time she developed her new personality as Samantha. However, her old boss has kept tabs on her, and now that it looks as if the old Charley is starting to come out again, he sends a pair of hit men after her to see to it that she doesn't remember anything else; soon Samantha and Mitch are on the run, trying to outdistance the killers as they get to the bottom of Charley's secret life. The Long Kiss Goodnight was directed by Renny Harlin, husband of leading lady Geena Davis; this was their second project together, following Cutthroat Island, released the previous year.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Certainly a vast improvement over the legendary debacle of Cutthroat Island (1995), the previous collaboration of the then husband-and-wife team of director Renny Harlin and star Geena Davis, this overblown action thriller starts out very strong but fails to pay off in a satisfying conclusion. Acting really isn't the hallmark of the action genre, so suffice it to say that the cast is what is required of a fast-paced pulp tale littered with corpses and explosions: They grunt, grimace, and grit their teeth with appropriate determination when firing a weapon or jumping from great heights. It's the script by Shane Black that makes or breaks a film such as this, so it's a pleasant surprise that The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) starts off with an inventive high-concept twist, developing a character nicely. Sadly, it then morphs somewhere in the second act into a routine series of percussive beats and a predictable government espionage/conspiracy/paranoia tale. If their project had delved into the issues of identity as thoughtfully as those action epics based on the works of novelist Philip K. Dick, the filmmakers might truly have had something not only viscerally exciting but intellectually fresh and stimulating on their hands.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2011
UPC:
0794043144219
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
489

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Geena Davis Samantha Caine (Charly)
Samuel L. Jackson Mitch Henessey
Patrick Malahide Perkins
Craig Bierko Timothy
Brian Cox Nathan
David Morse Luke/Daedalus
G.D. Spradlin President
Tom Amandes Hal
Yvonne Zima Caitlin
Melina Kanakaredes Trin
Alan North Earl
Joe McKenna One-Eyed Jack
Rex Linn Man on bed
Renny Harlin Actor

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director,Producer
Steve Arnold Art Director
Stephanie Austin Producer
Shane Black Producer,Screenwriter
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Michael De Luca Executive Producer
Tom Doherty Set Decoration/Design
Carla Fry Co-producer
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce G. Moriarty Asst. Director
Guillermo Navarro Camera Operator
Jeffrey A. Okun Special Effects
Richard Saperstein Co-producer,Executive Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Michael Taylor Set Decoration/Design
Steve Tisch Executive Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Ronnie Yeskel Casting

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The Long Kiss Goodnight 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, Geena Davis is HOT! Especially as a blond. Now that we got that out of the way, this movie is great. Jackson's role was perfect for him with his sarcastic sense of humor. It went perfectly with Davis' hard A$$ attitude. The duo was great together. A must see movie for anyone who likes action and/or comedy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This movie is an excellent action-packed thriller. This will definately keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this on TV, where there was a scene when Samantha (played by Geena Davis) was cutting vegetables like a pro chef, sort of then threw the knife through the wall. Years later I forgot about the movie and decided to see it from beginning to end. At times the movie is a little cliche but its still an alright movie. Its one of those movies you see just once. Recommend if you like the sometimes cheesy but still enjoyable action type films.