Unlawful Entry

Unlawful Entry (1992)

Unlawful Entry
5.8/10 by 80 users

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.

Release Date:June 26, 1992
MPAA Rating:R
Genres:Crime, Thriller
Production Company:20th Century Fox, Largo Entertainment, JVC Entertainment Networks
Production Countries:Japan, United States of America
Director:Jonathan Kaplan
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Plot Keywords:corruption, prostitute, sex, jealousy, fight, nightclub, nudity, police, stalker, murder, suspense, escape, lawyer, los angeles, motorcycle, violence, drug, anger, death, argument, alarm, psycho, voyeur, neo-noir, abuse
  • Ray Liotta at his chilling best
    September 4, 2011

    A sterling entry in the psycho-thriller genre, mainly thanks to Ray Liotta's performance as the manic cop. Rarely has Liotta been this good: he literally simmers with pent-up rage whenever you see him on-screen, delivering one of the best turns of his career as the frightening cop from hell. Sure, Liotta could be good elsewhere – who can forget his career-changing turn in Scorsese's GOODFELLAS? – but he'll be forever remembered for the kind of sweaty, crazy-eyed role he effortlessly portrays here.

    Liotta's given solid support from Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe as the unwitting couple who find themselves caught up in a nightmare. This is the archetypal 'slow burner' of a plot, with everyday events and subtle hints and clues gradually building from an impressive climax, which makes use of plenty of clichés but nevertheless ticks all the right boxes. UNLAWFUL ENTRY is one of those thrillers that doesn't disappoint, and unlike PACIFIC HEIGHTS it isn't spoilt with dated attempts at style. Thumbs up.