The Long Kiss Goodnight

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New Line Cinema Released 1996

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Director:
Renny Harlin
Released:
1996
Rating:
R

The Long Kiss Goodnight is a movie about a seemingly ordinary woman who hides a spectacular past. By all accounts, Samantha Caine is an ordinary schoolteacher raising a daughter in a small town in Pennsylvania. The only thing unusual about her is that she apparently was involved in an accident eight years ago and remembers nothing of her life before then. Her life changes one day when someone attempts to mug her, and she is able to dispatch her attacker with lethal force. Having no idea how she was able to fight so well, Samantha begins hiring private investigators to help her piece together what her life was like before her accident. After a series of dead-ends, she finally comes across Mitch Henessey who figures out that Samantha was once named Charly Baltimore and was one of the CIA's top assassins. As figures from her past begin to re-emerge, Samantha must figure out a way to stay alive and how to reconcile the person she was with the one she is now.

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    With the help of his stunt and special effects teams, Harlin delivers more than enough goods to satisfy genre fans, so main question is whether a female action hero, and Davis in p...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A tour de force of technical brilliance, with flashes of humor and a wild spirit of adventure signifying that you're not supposed to take it too seriously, but the cumulative impac...

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Black's screenplay is mean-spirited, but it earns its keep with sharp, sarcastic dialogue and ingenious ways of setting up this story.

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    • Production Budget - $65,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $33,447,612 (46th)
      Worldwide Gross - $89,456,761 (35th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $61,749,438
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $165,150,943

    • Other production companies:
      Forge

    • Filming locations:
      Atlantic City, New Jersey
      Collingwood, Ontario, Canada
      Dufferin Aggregates Quarry, Milton, Ontario, Canada
      Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
      Lynnwood, Washington, USA
      Markham, Ontario, Canada
      Milton, Ontario, Canada
      Montréal, Québec, Canada
      Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
      Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada
      Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada

    • Tagline:
      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.

    • Music:
      Santa Claus Is Back In Town
      Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
      Performed by Elvis Presley
      Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
      Written by Johnny Marks
      Performed by Dion DiMucci
      Next Time You See Me
      Written by Earl Forest and William G. Harvey
      Performed by Jr. Parker
      Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
      Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
      Performed by Dean Martin
      Jingle Bells
      Arranged and adapted by Mike Spalla
      Performed by Jingle Dogs
      I'd Really Love To See You Tonight
      Written by Parker McGee
      Performed by Dan Seals and John Ford Coley
      If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
      Written by Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock and Harvey Fuqua
      Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
      Long Goodbye Theme
      Written by John Williams and Johnny Mercer
      Many Rivers To Cross
      Written by Jimmy Cliff
      Performed by Jimmy Cliff
      Mannish Boy
      Written by Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Melvin London
      Performed by Muddy Waters
      She's Not There
      Written by Rod Argent
      Performed by Santana
      Lady Marmalade
      Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan
      Performed by LaBelle
      Keep This Party Bouncin'
      Written by L. Campbell, C. Hodge, W. Killbrew, A. Williams, C. Young
      Performed by L. n Ganz
      (Not Just) Knee Deep
      Written by George Clinton and P. Wynn
      Funny How Time Slips Away
      Written by Willie Nelson
      Performed by Joe Hinton
      Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
      Written by George Gordy, William Stevenson and Marvin Gaye
      Performed by Marvin Gaye
      Tomorrow Man
      Written by Gus
      Performed by Gus
      Jingle Bells Marching Band
      F.N.T. (Fascinating New Thing)
      Written by Dan Wilson and Jacob Slichter
      Performed by Semisonic
      The Chair
      Written by Jars of Clay
      Free
      Written by Tracy Bonham
      Performed by Tracy Bonham
      Woman
      Written by Neneh Cherry, C. McVey, J. Sharp
      Performed by Neneh Cherry

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Thrillers, Crime