The Long Kiss Goodnight

The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

Plot summary

Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) is the ideal suburban homemaker mom with a 8 year old daughter Caitlin (Yvonne Zima). She lives in an ideal New England small town, 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 (Samuel L. Jackson). As Samantha remembers more and more of her previous life, she becomes deadlier and more resourceful. Together, Mitch and Charly (Samantha's name before her amnesia) must stop the bad guys' plan to destroy the city with a bomb.

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Quotes

Samantha: You thinking what I'm thinking?
Hennessey: I hope not, coz I'm thinking about how much my balls hurt.

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Mistakes

In the final battle scene between Geena Davis and Craig Beirko, Beirko's character slashes Davis' character across the stomach (upper right hand side). In the next shot, the wound is located on the lower left side and in a subsequent shot, the wound has multiplied to become two wounds: one in the upper right hand side and a second in the lower left hand side.

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Trivia

Scriptwriter Shane Black is a huge believer in recycling. Check out how much the moment when Jackson is captured by Bierko resembles Rigg's capture by McAllister in "Lethal Weapon". Black's 3 biggest movies - "Lethal Weapon", "The Last Boy Scout" and "The Long Kiss Goodnight" all involve a major character's daughter being kidnapped (to say nothing of all beginning with an "L").

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