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Kiss Daddy Goodnight (1988)

Uma Thurman , Paul Dillon , Peter Ily Huemer  |  R |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Uma Thurman, Paul Dillon, Paul Richards, Steve Buscemi, Annabelle Gurwitch
  • Directors: Peter Ily Huemer
  • Writers: Peter Ily Huemer, Michael Gabrieli
  • Producers: Ica Souvignier, Maureen O'Brien, William Ripka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CDLC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,354 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kiss Daddy Goodnight" on IMDb

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Uma Thurman, Paul Dillon, Paul Richards, David Brisbin. A dangerous woman who picks up men just so she can rob them meets her match when one of them wants her all to himself. 1987/color/89 min/R/fullscreen.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bad movie featuring the impressive debut of Uma Thurman September 16, 2003
Kiss Daddy Goodnight's only real claim to fame is its casting of Uma Thurman in her first major film role. Shot on 16mm film by director Peter Ily Huemer, this odd independent film from 1988 has little going for it in terms of plot, production quality, and vision, yet Thurman's performance injects something into the experience that makes it worth watching. Thurman plays Laura, a mysterious girl with a face that belies her character's unsavory proclivities; living alone in some obscure apartment building, Laura takes care of herself by going to bars, accompanying seemingly wealthy men home, slipping them a mickey, and robbing them. She actually has a rather complete set of wigs, each identified by the name she adopts for her money-making excursions. Early on in the film, an old acquaintance named Sid (Paul Dillon) shows up and does his best to drag the movie down into oblivion by dressing and acting as if he were Rocky Balboa. Sid's character is a stone that drags this film down into the depths of futility, and the disjointed plot does basically nothing to help the situation. On the other side of Laura stands an older male neighbor named William (Paul Richards). His relationship with Laura is a friendly one, but his fondness for the younger lady never feels exactly right. Midway through the film, Laura finds herself being stalked by some unknown individual, and tragedy begins to emerge from the shadows. The final climax offers little in the way of surprise, and then a clumsy ending seals the deal on a generally unimpressive film.
Thurman, though, bears watching in this role. She really had little to work with here, swimming upstream against a plot that seemed intent on introducing basically senseless scenes whenever the film actually managed to draw one's interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uma's First... June 11, 2004
Yep, this is indeed Uma's first film. She plays Laura, a gal who seeks out rich men, let's them pick her up and take her back to their residences, where she drugs them and robs them blind! An old friend named Sid (Paul "Not Matt" Dillon) shows up at Laura's place unexpectedly. Laura lets him stay with her while he tries to find his old bandmate Johnny (Steve Buscemi). Meanwhile, Laura goes on with her "career". She has an older gentleman friend named William Tildon (Paul Richards), who is quietly obsessed with Laura because she reminds him of his daughter. William gets increasingly weird and Laura seems clueless about his obsession. Laura is being followed by a mysterious dark sedan that appears outside of her victiims' homes. Is it William? Sid? I enjoyed this movie. It's not the best ever, but it's certainly not a bad debut for Ms. Thurman. I gave it 4 stars because I couldn't take my eyes off of her! You can definitely see how / why she would go on to be in films like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Gem -- This movie ROCKS!! January 7, 2006
By Bacchus
I'm not going to go into story detail on this one. All I'll say is it's a multi-threaded character study-noir thriller, with an outstanding cast and a funky artsy New York indie tone. How anyone could even vaguely compare this to a Lifetime movie is beyond my comprehension. It belongs in the ranks of obscure under-appreciated cult classics. It's easy to see how this launched Uma Thurman's career. Her portrayal of a cutting edge hipster who's equal parts lost little girl is insanely delightful. Steve Buscemi is equally impressive in a small but tasty role, and Matt Dillon's bro Paul is perfect as a not-so-bright street urchin coming to terms with his loser existence. Paul Richards deserves mention as well, bringing a warped dignity to his character in a subtle and naturalistic performance. All this wrapped up in a neat little seedy thriller whose theme is moral relativism. If you hate big Hollywood packages and pretentious lackluster indie movies, try this puppy on for size. Warning: this one has a dark East Coast feel. Sort of a twisted sadistic version of Smithereens. If you need your morality Midwestern cut and dried and feel that today's movies are polluting our society, this definitely ain't for you. This goes on my Top Ten of all time list.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "You've been in Baltimore too long." November 2, 2005
KISS DADDY GOODNIGHT (1988) is a decent enough thriller - the kind of film you'd sit through on the Lifetime Channel and feel was not a complete waste. It's got enjoyable (if predictable) plot twists and a good central character.

However, I doubt that anyone watching this would do so for those reasons. Many DVD distributors have released this movie in a budget format, all of them making a big deal out of the presense of Uma Thurman and Steve Buscemi. In fact, this is Thurman's first role (according to the Internet Movie Database it was even her first audition -- she was hired immediately) and she stars.

Thurman was only eighteen when this movie came out, and yet she already displays a certain maturity. A lesser actress would have been swamped out by this role which the script leaves fairly undefined. But even in her youth she carries this off with style.

Now onto the movie itself. I have never seen a film where the opening credits immediately destroys any possible good-feeling or enthusiasm one could have towards a potential viewing experience. Given the plot summary (see below) I was expecting a dark, psychological thriller with (perhaps) some black comedy aspects. I sat myself down hoping for a tense and atmospheric picture.

Then the opening credits actually start and I had to stifle a shudder and a laugh. Making fun of bad 1980s computer-generated credits is a little too easy, but nothing screams "low budget!" louder. It immediately lowers the audience's expectations about the rest of the movie's production values.

That said, given this is an independent film clearly made with very little money, the general production values aren't awful.
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