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Unlawful Entry (1992)

A burglar holds a knife to Karen's throat while her husband does nothing. The couple ends befriending the cop that comes. The friendship ends when the cop beats up the culprit. Karen isn't ready to end it. Things get ugly with the cop.

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Jonathan Kaplan

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George Putnam (story) (as George D. Putnam), John Katchmer (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Michael Carr
Ray Liotta ... Officer Pete Davis
Madeleine Stowe ... Karen Carr
Roger E. Mosley ... Officer Roy Cole
Ken Lerner ... Roger Graham
Deborah Offner ... Penny, Karen's Friend
Carmen Argenziano ... Jerome Lurie
Andy Romano ... Capt. Russell Hayes
Johnny Ray McGhee Johnny Ray McGhee ... Ernie Pike
Dino Anello ... Leon, the Dealer
Sonny Carl Davis ... Neighbor Jack
Harry Northup ... McMurtry, Desk Sergeant
Sherrie Rose ... Girl in Jeep
Alicia Ramirez Alicia Ramirez ... Taco Stand Worker
Ruby Salazar Ruby Salazar ... Rosa, the Hooker
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Storyline

After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system, and begins dropping by on short notice and unofficial patrol, and spends a lot of time discussing the couple's problems with the wife. The husband begins wondering if they're getting too much help. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

Desire, passion, lust... It's a deadly game of obsession.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for terror and violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fatale Begierde See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,067,609, 28 June 1992

Gross USA:

$57,138,719

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,138,719
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of several early career roles, where Ray Liotta portrayed a psychopathic or sociopathic character. See more »

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Michael Carr: I think our cop friend is a little too tightly wound.
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Intriguing and suspenseful, with a knockout performance by Ray Liotta
2 January 2003 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

"Unlawful Entry" kept me on the edge of my seat, or should I say the edge of my bed. Ray Liotta proved with this performance that few actors can play the apparently shy guy with evil tendencies better than him. The movie also presents some good "What if" questions. In the pivotal scene, Liotta grabs the burglar who ran into Kurt Russell's house and put a knife to his wife's throat. In an earlier scene, he explains how he'd beat the living crap out of that burglar if he had the chance. Well, one night Liotta gives Russell the permission (him being a cop) to "beat the living crap out of him" and Russell totally panics and refuses. Meanwhile, I'm thinking to myself, "If Madeline Stowe were my wife and that moron put a knife to her throat, I would've taken that nightstick and beat him to death." But then again, I'm saying that while sitting comfortably on my bed, watching the movie. I'm not in his shoes. I'm sure many people would panic in that situation.

Though the movie kept my eyes glued to the screen, I could've done without certain plot conventions towards the end. I don't have to spoil it for you. You've seen thrillers in the past, you know what I'm talking about. And the writer could've trimmed the use of lines like "Get the f**k out of here," "Stay the f**k out of my house" and "Stay the f**k away from my wife" or "If you touch her, I'll kill you." I think those lines have popped up in every movie thriller I've seen. But the best reason to see this movie is Liotta's flawless performance. On those grounds alone, this movie is well worth seeing.

My score: 8 (out of 10)


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