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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.


Jonathan Kaplan


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


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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Did You Know?


Kevin Costner, Jeff Bridges and Bill Pullman were considered for the role of Michael Carr. See more »


Officer Pete Davis: Arrest you? I could kill you.
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Alternate Versions

The Indian theatrical version made cuts by the CBFC to remove...
  • Reduce by 50% the visuals of love making in car by the police officer and the prostitute especially deleting the visuals of bare breasts and movements (Length Retained: 22.00 ft).
  • Reduce by 50% the visuals of love making by couple in the bathroom by deleting the visuals of lifting of gown and putting his head on belly (Length Retained: 18.00 ft.)
  • Reduce by 50% the visuals of love making by couples especially deleting the total nudity and copulation (Length Retained: 20.00 ft.) ...for an 'A' (restricted to adults) certificate.
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Featured in At the Movies: Hollywood's Fear of Love (1993) See more »


Written by Nigel Swanston (as Nigel Swanson) and Tim Cox
Performed by Rozalla
Courtesy of Pulse-8 Records Ltd.
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Suspenseful thriller with a knockout cast of Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta and Madeleine Stowe.
13 June 2000 | by macnjncSee all my reviews

Unlawful Entry along with Breakdown is another Kurt Russell film which is excellent yet doesn't receive the highly acclaimed fanfare. Actually this movie has two main stars (Russell and Ray Liotta) who are pitted against each other, resulting in a very interesting and intense emotional roller coaster.

What makes this movie great is that it has 2 actors who are very good at portraying emotional characters. Russell and Liotta are rivaled by none in depicting characters of struggle, grit,intensity and emotion. The films script and directing by it's producer Jonathan Kaplan is perfect.

Without a doubt there is something about Liotta's eyes, when he speaks, they have emotion written all over them. After watching this movie you feel that even though Liotta's character of Officer Pete Davis was initially a functioning member of society, without a doubt this guy has some serious issues and probably isn't working with a full deck. The scene where he has sex in his police cruiser with the female he earlier stopped for a ticket is almost astonishing and very eerie. This is an indication of this films mood and tone.

Russell meanwhile excellently plays his role as a husband who is struggling dealing with a policeman who; going with his instincts, is a little "off". Madeleine Stowe comes off perfect as his sexy and sultry wife who innocently is unsuspecting in realizing officer Davis's true intentions.

Without a doubt Unlawful Entry is about Michael Carr(Russell)VS Pete Davis. They square off in various ways culminating with a memorable physical confrontation at the end. One scene of note is when Officer Davis responds to the Carrs home on a hoaxed security system call. Officer Davis walks into the couples bedroom holding a flashlight during a lovemaking session and Russell fires off to him "Get the bleep outta my house!!". Later he warns his wife that "this guy is sick and he's after you". Incredibly at the onset Madeleine (Mrs Carr) doesn't believe so.

If you like a fast moving suspenseful thriller then Unlawful Entry has a lot in store for you. Director Jonathan Kaplan treated me to a classic with this score. One of Kurt Russell and Ray Liotta's best films, and neither one are shabby actors. In fact both are 2 of my favorites because they have a way of bringing to life the characters they play. Check this film out.

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Release Date:

26 June 1992 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,067,609, 28 June 1992

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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