The Long Kiss Goodnight
The Long Kiss Goodnight is a seriously under-rated 1996 American action thriller co-produced and directed by Renny Harlin, and produced by Shane Black and Stephanie Austin with screenplay written by Black. The film, starring Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Amandes, Yvonne Zima, Brian Cox, Patrick Malahide, Craig Bierko and David Morse, follows an amnesiatic schoolteacher who sets out on a journey to find out who she is with the help of a private detective until they discover a dark conspiracy.
School teacher and single mother Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) lives an average suburban life — until she begins having strange memories of unexplained violence and discovers that she has physical skills that she never imagined. Hiring private detective Mitch Hennessey (Samuel L. Jackson) to probe into her past, Samantha discovers that she’s a highly-trained assassin.
In small-town Honesdale, Pennsylvania, living with her boyfriend Hal and her daughter Caitlin,Samantha is all apple pie and innocence. Eight years earlier, she had been found washed ashore on a New Jersey beach, pregnant with Caitlin suffering amnesia.
Having never remembered her real name, “Samantha” hired a number of ineffective private investigators to discover her past, the latest being a lowlife named Mitch Henessey. During the Christmas holidays, Samantha is involved in a car accident and suffers a brief concussion; when she recovers, she finds she possesses skills with a knife that she cannot explain.
Shortly thereafter, the family home is broken into by “One-Eyed Jack”, a convict who escaped from jail after seeing Samantha’s face on television. Samantha demonstrates her fighting prowess by killing Jack bare-handed. Worried that she poses a danger to Hal and Caitlin, Samantha leaves with Mitch, who has found a suitcase belonging to her, to seek out answers.
This is one hell of a conspiracy thriller that was well ahead of its time. Who could of thought of a plot about a rogue CIA agency setting up muslims with a massive terror attack on American soil as a cover for wars in the middle east and massive profits for the military industrial complex…