Samantha Caine lives in a small town with her daughter. Eight years ago she emerged, two months pregnant, from a nearby river with no memory of her past or who she is. However, she's getting closer to finding out about her past.


Renny Harlin


Shane Black
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geena Davis ... Samantha Caine (Charly)
Samuel L. Jackson ... Mitch Henessey
Yvonne Zima ... Caitlin
Craig Bierko ... Timothy
Tom Amandes ... Hal
Brian Cox ... Nathan
Patrick Malahide ... Perkins
David Morse ... Luke / Daedalus
Joseph McKenna Joseph McKenna ... One-Eyed Jack
Melina Kanakaredes ... Trin
Dan Warry-Smith ... Raymond
Kristen Bone Kristen Bone ... Girl #1
Jennifer Pisana Jennifer Pisana ... Girl #2
Rex Linn ... Man in Bed
Alan North ... Earl


Samantha Caine, suburban homemaker, is the ideal mom to her 8 year old daughter Caitlin. She lives in Honesdale, PA, 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. As Samantha remembers more and more of her previous life, she becomes deadlier and more resourceful. Both Mitch and Charly proceed to do the killing thing, the bleeding thing and the shooting thing. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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"...the most spectacular action scenes you've ever seen!" See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a substantial amount of strong bloody violence, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


During filming, Geena Davis was married to Renny Harlin. Samuel L. Jackson had previously appeared in Jurassic Park (1993), opposite Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, who also later became romantically involved. Dern had previously dated Harlin, while Goldblum had previously been married to Davis. See more »


In the ice chase scene, the rear window of the truck is shot out only to appear whole later (with snow smeared on it). See more »


Mitch Henessey: I'm always frank and earnest with women. Uh, in New York I'm Frank, and Chicago I'm Ernest.
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Alternate Versions

French DVD contains some deleted scenes. See more »


Referenced in Cum to Live (2001) See more »


Next Time You See Me
Written by Earl Forest and William G. Harvey (as William Harvey)
Performed by Junior Parker (as Jr. Parker)
Courtesy of MCA Records
By arrangement with MCA Special Markets and Products
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Needs historical perspective (even tho it's only 7 yrs old)
5 August 2003 | by vivesi-1See all my reviews

This movie was one of the bridges to the contemporary action movie that has no plot at all and is unabashed about that fact. It is the melding between the 90s attempt at plot and the ever-increasing tendency for all violence all the time with some hot babe shots thrown in. Viewed from the perspective of today's movies with their plasticine-looking heroes and heroines, Davis and Jackson come off as nostalgically genuine and charming.

There are some real laugh out loud moments in this movie, though, and there's a sense of joy in the script and the performances, as if they were having a good time. Action movies/TV today seem like somber enterprises where everyone takes themselves much, much too seriously. (Jennifer Garner projects, for example.)

The movie is a lot of fun and pretends to be nothing else. It was even advertised at the time as a fun movie (tho I've just now watched it, I've seen the previews recently.) I don't understand the poor reviews that seem to compare it to great, serious filmmaking when it was not even marginally aimed at that genre.

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Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Kiss Goodnight See more »


Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,065,363, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:


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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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