Trivia / The Long Kiss Goodnight

  • Completely Different Title: The nothing if apt german title Tödliche Weihnachten ("Deadly Christmas") might have helped it to become a german christmas tv staple alá Die Hard
  • Creator Killer: Well it was mostly the final nail in the coffin from Cutthroat Island but this film bombing didn't help Renny Harlin's career or that of the studio that produced it.
  • Dawson Casting: According to a Freeze-Frame Bonus, Geena Davis is six years older than her character. Charlie was born in 1962, and Davis in 1956.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Tritter/Boomer, etc.
  • Playing Against Type: Geena Davis was known for romantic comedies. Renny Harlin hoped that this would turn her into an action star.
  • Star-Derailing Role: For Geena Davis, along with Cutthroat Island.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the original ending of the film, Mitch died from his wounds after saving Charly and Caitlin. But it was decided that this would be too much of a Downer Ending and so Mitch survived and became a national hero.
    • Also, originally the name "Sam Caine" was simply a name her brain threw up as an anagram for "amnesiac". In the finished film it's her former alias.
    • The 100-year-old Windermere House in Muskoka was a planned filming location, but it burned to the ground before the scenes had been finished.
    • Studio executives considered rewriting the film to have a male lead, with Steven Seagal or Sylvester Stallone in mind.
    • The ice skating scene was scripted to have Samantha perform a double axel flip and shoot from under her upside down head. After testing it out on location and with green screen, they dropped it from the film.