26 September 2016

The Long Kiss Goodnight

The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996
  • Director: Renny Harlin
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima, Craig Bierko, Patrick Malahide, David Morse
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Geena Davis – Hero, A League of Their Own, Thelma and Louise, The Accidental Tourist, Tootsie
    • Samuel L. Jackson – Jumper, Inglourious Basterds, 1408, Extras, Kill Bill 2, Star Wars Attack of the Clones, Changing Lanes, Star Wars the Phantom Menace, The Red Violin, The Negotiator, Jackie Brown, A Time to Kill, Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, Jurassic Park, Lethal Weapon, Jungle Fever, Mo’ Better Blues, Sea of Love, Do the Right Thing, Coming to America, Ragtime
    • Craig Bierko – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    • Patrick Malahide – Endeavour, Brideshead Revisited, Extras, Billy Elliot, The World Is Not Enough, Middlemarch, Morse, Black Adder
    • David Morse – Dancer in the Dark, The Green Mile, The Negotiator, Contact, Twelve Monkeys, The Indian Runner
  • Why? A favourite of its kind
  • Seen:  Two or three times before. Now 25 September 2016      

       One of the wildest movies we’ve seen. We were surprised the first time by how much we enjoyed it. Now that we know what’s coming we’re just going to enjoy it again.
       Samantha Caine (Davis) leads a quiet family life as a schoolteacher and a member of the PTA in a small New England town but she has a lot of scars and no memory from before eight years ago. She has a daughter but no memory of the father.
       Switch to foul-mouthed tough guy sleazy private detective blackmailer Mitch Hennessy (Jackson) who’s divorced with a son.
       Needless to say their paths cross and very bad very violent men are after Samantha, who goes off with Mitch to find out who she was in her past. It seems her name was Charley and they’re out to get her.
       And so the wild ride starts. She discovers a very lethal automatic weapon in the suitcase Mitch has recovered from her former landlady. She also discovers some very lethal skills with knives. She learns that Mitch is an ex-cop, an ex-con and lifetime loser. Not a match made in heaven.
       But together they survive one violent attack after another. She is told by a friend – or is he an enemy? – that she was a trained assassin for the US government. But whose side was she really on? How much can she trust the bits of memory that come back to her?
       It’s mad and funny and outlandish and ridiculous and exciting. Geena Davis and Samuel L. Jackson are terrific. This won’t be the last time we watch this film

3 ½ * of 5.  

PS Let this be a lesson – schoolteachers can be much more dangerous than they look.

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