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With: Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe, Ken Lerner, Roger E. Mosley
Written by: Lewis Colick, based on a story by Lewis Colick, John Katchmer, George Putnam
Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan
MPAA Rating: R for terror and violence, and for sexuality and language
Running Time: 117
Date: 06/26/1992

Unlawful Entry (1992)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Bad Cop, Bad Cop

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

I vastly underrated Unlawful Entry when I first saw it in a theater almost a decade ago. Seeing it again now on the new DVD, I have to give it more credit. It's an amazingly sharp, nasty little thriller that takes a silly situation and squeezes it to the core, vicious as a heart attack. Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe star as an unhappy upper-class couple who survive an intruder's attack in their home, but soon have to deal with the psycho cop (Ray Liotta) who answered their distress call. Director Jonathan Kaplan (Night Call Nurses) came from the Roger Corman school of filmmaking, and his technique is lean and mean. Better still is his commentary track, which explains nearly every shot in a Hitchcock-like manner, and it's endlessly fascinating. The great Dick Miller, also from the Corman camp, appears in a small role. (Miller always improves whatever movie he shows up in.) The DVD also contains a brief "making-of" documentary and a few trailers.

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