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The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)



Critic Consensus: Smart, sharp-witted, and fueled by enjoyably over-the-top action, The Long Kiss Goodnight makes up in impact what it lacks in consistent aim.

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The comfortably drab life of a working mom becomes a nightmare when she finds herself pursued by an assassin who seems to know more about her cloudy past than she does. Frightened by the attack and by some disturbing memories that have resurfaced, she seeks assistance from a private detective.

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Geena Davis
as Samantha Caine/Charly Baltimore
Samuel L. Jackson
as Mitch Hennessey
Craig Bierko
as Timothy
Brian Cox
as Nathan
David Morse
as Luke/Daedalus
Yvonne Zima
as Caitlin
Joseph McKenna
as One-Eyed Jack
Kristen Bone
as Girl No. 1
Joe McKenna
as One-Eyed Jack
Jennifer Pisana
as Girl No. 2
Rex Linn
as Man on bed
Edwin Hodge
as Todd Henessey
Bill MacDonald
as Hostage Agent
Frank Moore
as Surveillance Man
G.D. Spradlin
as President
Graham McPherson
as CIA Director
Sharon Washington
as Fran Henessey
Judah Katz
as Harry, Perkins' Aide
Robert Thomas
as Alley Agent
John Stead
as Deer Lick Sentry
Marc Cohen
as Teenage Burnout No. 1
Chad E. Donella
as Teenage Burnout No. 2
Shawn Doyle
as Donlevy Bum Cop
Michael K. Jones
as Bum Cop No. 2
Ken Ryan
as News Anchor
Craig Eldridge
as Crime Scene Reporter
Susan Henley
as Church Mother
Reginald Doresa
as Bar Patron
Charles Tamburro
as Helicopter Pilot
Larry King
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Long Kiss Goodnight

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (18)

Frankly, if I had to see either Harlin-Davis movie again, I'd opt for the klutzy unpleasantness of Cutthroat Island over the efficient if equally stupid unpleasantness of this 1996 release.

October 25, 2011 | Full Review…

The Long Kiss Goodnight is the fall's best summer movie.

February 16, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like the heroine, the movie has two personalities that smartly coexist.

February 16, 2011 | Full Review…

There's an excessive amount of excess -- a mind-numbing plurality of firearm battles, vehicular explosions and brutally frank sexual talk.

February 16, 2011 | Full Review…

"The Long Kiss Goodnight" has a jokey good time with its outlandish pyrotechnics and offbeat character interplay.

March 27, 2009

The only saving graces are Davis's stripped-down, mean-as-a-wildcat portrayal of the Uzi-toting Charly, and Jackson's engagingly ineffectual turn.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Long Kiss Goodnight

This is an excellent action movie, underrated in my opinion. Geena Davis shines in the dual roles of amnesia-victim schoolteacher and CIA assassin. It's unusual for an action film to have a female lead, not terribly successful prior to the Hunger Games films. Davis, though well-known for her Thelma and Louise and A League of their Own roles, is surprisingly adept at playing the dual roles. I thought her dialogue as "Charlie" overdid it though. Samuel L. Jackson is great as well, very reminiscent of his Die Hard 3 role. In fact, the whole movie reminds me a lot of Die Hard 3. Villain Craig Bierko is good too, in a wild-eyed amoral evil sort of way. The film's climax at Niagara Falls reminds me of several Hitchcock movies, so while it isn't too original-why not copy the best? All of this: amnesia, wise-cracking sidekick, diabolical villains, and government conspiracy have been done before, but that really doesn't matter. Like the Die Hard series or an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, it's a fun ride.

Clintus Maximus
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer


A VERY 90's action-thriller that manages to be enjoyable against all odds. The plot can be summed up as a more ridiculous version of "The Bourne Identity" and Geena Davis is rarely convincing as a tough-as-nails assassin (especially when she has to switch personalities), but her explosive chemistry with co-star Samuel L. Jackson (who has some hilariously quotable lines) keeps the enterprise afloat. Plus you have screenwriter Shane Black (Lethal Weapons, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3) writing a slew of great one-liners that truly elevates this action-clunker into delightful camp. Delivers enough cool action, grin-inducing one-liners, and good acting to not be too taxing on the brain cells.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


A serviceable if forgettable pre-Bourne film concerning a former CIA agent (Geena Davis) who suffers from amnesia, and how her memory is jarred as to who she is after an attempt is made on her life. While having some horrendously awful dialogue that makes this film undeniable campy (whether this is purposeful or not is hard to determine), it remains a mostly fun ride for the most of it. It's impossible to really call it a good movie since it's really bad in some aspects but ultimately entertaining, which is its overall goal in the end. Davis is solid, as is Samuel L. Jackson as her wingman in trying to dispose of those after her.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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