The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
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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
Oct 11, 1996 Wide
Feb 6, 2001
New Line Home Entertainment
Samantha Caine (Char...
Samuel L. Jackson
Man on bed
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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.
Like the heroine, the movie has two personalities that smartly coexist.
There's an excessive amount of excess -- a mind-numbing plurality of firearm battles, vehicular explosions and brutally frank sexual talk.
"The Long Kiss Goodnight" has a jokey good time with its outlandish pyrotechnics and offbeat character interplay.
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.
The surprise and also the disappointment of The Long Kiss Goodnight is much simpler, and less politically inflected: it's badly made, or too close to badly made.
The kind of movie in which a dozen bad guys with an automatic weapon in each hand couldn't hit a lake if they were standing at the bottom of it, to steal the screenplay's best wiseacre remark.
I like The Long Kiss Goodnight. I thought it was a lot of fun, and the dialogue was funny and didn't make me wince in pain.
This is pretty standard action hero stuff, with the exception of having Gena Davis take on the traditional male role. And she's not bad!
He's a hack, but I love Renny Harlin!
underrated action in drag
Solid action movie. Davis kicks ass, Jackson is in his usual form. Could have used more family implications, but does okay.
Lots of action, bullets, blood and explosions with a little comedy. Nothing fancy.
The logic of the next scene is never as important to Harlin as the size of the next explosive charge.
As an actioner with the requisite amounts of humor and heart, "The Long Kiss Goodnight" is a lot of fun.
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