The Long Kiss GoodnightOctober 11, 1996
A women suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 6.6/10 (35,483 voted)
Critic's Score: 44/100
Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima
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.
Samuel L. Jackson
Dr. Nathan Waldman
Man in Bed
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.
Release Date: 11 October 1996
Filming Locations: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $9,065,363
(13 October 1996)
Did You Know?
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.
When Charly shoves Mitch out of the car, he is seen rolling over and up onto the sidewalk. In the next scene, he is shown laying on his back in the street.
I know he has a pin in his leg, car accident. I… I know he cuts his own hair. He doesn't even own a TV. He… he sits when he pees…
Hey, hey, hey. That's enough, I'm gettin' a boner here, all right?
A Ballistic Buddy Movie
This is by far my favorite action movie. But what makes it work is not
the elaborate Renny Harlin explosions and shoot-em-ups. It's the Shane
Black script and its deft delivery by Geena Davis and Samuel L.
The chemistry between the two principals merited a sequel. Thank God it
was never made. Too much danger of marring the original.
'The Long Kiss' checkerboards from quotable scene to action scene to
quotable scene and back again. Never a dull moment.
This has to be Jackson's funniest role ever, and the amazing thing is
that he is playing one of the most normal characters of his career. No
quirky Tarantino hit-man, super-cool Shaft, or borderline psycho
soldier. In TLKG, Jackson is the everyman we identify with. The poor
schmuck gets dragged along on this crazy woman's odyssey to uncover the
dangerous secret of her past.
Though the story claims that Davis's character, Samantha Caine is
suffering from amnesia, the writer and director treat her condition as
if it were a multiple personality disorder.
Samantha Caine is not just a new identity taken by the amnesiac Charly
Baltimore — she is a separate, fully-developed personality. The
traumas suffered by Samantha in the first half-hour of the movie help
the submerged dissociate personality of Charly to emerge again.
The materials of her past life excavated by Jackson's detective Mitch
Henessey facilitate Charly's resurfacing. Good timing, too, considering
the target Samantha makes of herself.
But Charly has to fight herself to remain the dominant personality. One
gathers from bits of dialogue that the warrior personality (Charly)
developed after her father died and she was recruited by the "Chapter".
In the eight years Charly was buried in the psyche, though, her
Samantha identity developed into the dominant personality. (She's even
funnier that Charly.) This was probably due to becoming a mother,
because it's the reunion with her daughter that breaks Charly's
struggle to suppress Samantha, leading to their apparent integration by
It's impossible to choose a "best quote" from this film:
"Now you're a sharpshooter?"
"I saved your ass. It was great!"
"Continue dying. Out."
"I sock 'em in the jaw and yell 'Pop goes the weasel'".
And a couple of dozen more, many too raunchy to quote here.
Geena Davis looks great, and comes off as an action hero without
glossing over the fact she's turning forty. (Listen to Charley's
history, do the math).
Fantastic soundtrack, too. Santana, Muddy Waters, Elvis, LaBelle,
I give 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' a 9, only because I don't believe in a
perfect 10. Seen it a dozen times, and it still stays fresh. Nice
twisted holiday flick to place on your shelf next to 'It's A Wonderful