The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1996.  Forge, New Line Cinema, The Steve Tisch Company.  Screenplay by .Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .   Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

One would have hoped that this excellent performance by Geena Davis would begin a career of her playing more like-minded heroines, but sadly she’s done very little since this action movie directed by her then-husband Renny Harlin. She plays an amnesiac mother and schoolteacher who has no idea what her life was like before eight years earlier when she wound up in a small town with her slate wiped clean and a baby growing in her womb. She gets more answers than she hoped for when a dangerous stranger appears at her doorstep and tries to kill her, so she teams up with low-grade private eye Samuel L. Jackson and decides to trek across the country in search of her identity. She eventually discovers that she was once a government assassin on the trail of corruption within her own ranks who was stopped during her investigation and suffered an injury that led to her memory loss.  Now her enemies know that she’s alive again, and will stop at nothing to really get rid of her this time. Wild stunts, fun action scenes and terrific dialogue abound, and Davis is every inch the superstar in the lead.


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