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YMMV: The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Subverted. The dead Arab is the scapegoat.
  • Complete Monster: Timothy is a sociopathic psychological operations agent who's the former lover, and target, of the amnesiac heroine. Early on, we see Timothy torturing a man who, knowing his reputation, just begs for a quick death. Timothy doesn't grant it. When pursuing his ex, Charlie, she uncovers his plan with his Knight Templar boss: to stage a terrorist attack and kill over four thousand Americans to "blame the Muslims" and get funding. While Leland is doing what he sees as right for the country in the end, Timothy is in for the money and the fun. When he has Charlie hostage with her 8-year-old daughter, he plans to throw them in a meat locker to freeze to death. Charlie informs him the girl, Caitlin, is Timothy's child. He confirms this by seeing she has his eyes—and then angrily locks her in the meat locker to die anyways.
  • Cult Classic: Although the film bombed at the box office, it does have a fanbase who consider it to be a very memorable action film with funny, clever dialogue.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Craig Bierko as Timothy sure deserves some female fans.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Never, never use the peephole.
  • Genius Bonus: In one scene the President of the United States mentions that Chapter's missing agent (Charly) was trained in "counter-assassination". This may seem odd, since Charly is a straight-up assassin. However, in 1976 President Ford authorized an executive order that forbade U.S. Intelligence Agencies from taking part in assassinations. If Perkins told the President that Charly was an assassin he'd be admitting to breaking the law. But by telling the President that Charly was a "counter-assassination specialist" he would avoid implicating himself.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    Leland: 1993. World Trade Center bombing, remember? During the trial, one of the bombers claimed the CIA had advanced knowledge. The diplomat who issued the terrorists' visas was CIA. It's not unthinkable that they paved the way for the bombing, purely to justify a budget increase.
    Mitch: You're telling me that you're going to fake some terrorist thing, just to scare some money out of Congress?
    Leland: Well, unfortunately, Mr. Hennessey, I have no idea how to fake killing four thousand people, so we're just going to have to do it for real. Blame it on the Muslims, naturally. Then I get my funding.
  • Rewatch Bonus: At the start of the film, Samantha can be seen holding a candy cane the same way that Charly holds her cigarette.
  • Unfortunate Implications. The above Harsher in Hindsight entry in light of 9/11.
    • Made even more unfortunate because the planned attack in the movie may have taken place a little less than a year before 9/11 occurred... doubles as Fridge Horror.

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