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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

Writers:

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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,138,719
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Michael Carr: I think our cop friend is a little too tightly wound.
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Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

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Creepy in a real world way
17 February 2000 | by refinedsugarSee all my reviews

I've heard people who took in a viewing of this movie say it was slow. I didn't feel it was slow. There was scenes that didn't directly deal with the main plot, but I liked that because we get to know what kind of people these are and just not some vaguely sketched characters. It's here the movie works because it lines you up and scares you in real world fashion. The reality to the proceeding give it the urban horror feel and not something made up that we could never identify with or seeing happening in our real lives.

The cast carries this out efficiently while if I had any complaint about the movie it would be Kurt Russell in the smaller role as the husband. I really like Kurt Russell and unfortunately there isn't a lot for him to bite into as the real star of this movie is Ray Liotta. Who I feel bad for lately since he hasn't been able to escape this sort of psycho role, but there's no denying that he's good at it and he is largely what makes Unlawful Entry rank amongst the best of the urban psycho dramas. The story might be predictable in spots, but good performances and great atmosphere go a long way.


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