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Unlawful Entry (1992)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Penny, Karen's Friend
Jerome Lurie
Andy Romano ...
Capt. Russell Hayes
Johnny Ray McGhee ...
Ernie Pike
Leon, the Dealer
Neighbor Jack
McMurtry, Desk Sergeant
Girl in Jeep
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Taco Stand Worker
Ruby Salazar ...
Rosa, the Hooker


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


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 June 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fatale Begierde  »

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Box Office


$57,138,719 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the security company was The Wickham Security Co. Their slogan was "total security for your home or business". See more »


Roger Graham: Don't shoot! I'm a lawyer!
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Written and Performed by Eddie Palmieri
Courtesy of Intuition Records, Inc.
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Intriguing and suspenseful, with a knockout performance by Ray Liotta
2 January 2003 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See 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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