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JONATHAN KAPLAN DIRECTS RAY LIOTTA IN 'UNLAWFUL ENTRY'

Ray Liotta's the rogue cop in Unlawful Entry YEAR: 1992
Some former student directors of low-budget movie-producing icon Roger Corman, no matter how big they got, still held onto an economic style liken to the straightforward simplicity of an old school marquee b-movie, and Jonathan Kaplan was one of the A-students...

Although his best (or most well known) movies came after "graduation" with vehicles such as the cult teen angst rebellion classic, OVER THE EDGE, and then guiding Jodie Foster's first Oscar-winning role in the more conventional THE ACCUSED and later on, using the actor from fellow Cormon crony Jonathan Demme (who directed Foster's second big win) for his risque road journey SOMETHING WILD: Enter GOODFELLAS' then-newly-famous Ray Liotta  in the somewhat mainstream exploitation flick UNLAWFUL ENTRY (the main theme sounding strangely like the romantic and/or reposeful theme from STAR WARS)...

EntryScore: ***1/2
He's a bad cop's bad cop (to Roger E. Mosley's good one) whose best scenes are when he's initially a helpful "to protect and serve" friend with a down-to-earth yuppie-leaning couple robbed during an opening sequence that has all the low-budget horror/suspense elements that this attempts, more or less successfully, to rise above...

The inevitable turning-point happens long enough (despite Russell realizing something's up long before his wife) so there's not that snowballed weight when a movie must drive-down its plot, and quick. The table-turning second act takes its time — with Russell fighting back (mostly alone) against a now truly formidable Liotta; their anti-chemistry's liken to a dark and shady Film Noir, the crime B-pics of their day...

But it's the wicked charm Liotta continues showering the gorgeous, understanding teacher-wife with, and how, at the same time, he looks down on her passive husband like he did Jeff Daniels in the aforementioned SOMETHING WILD , wielding his sinister blue-eyed glare, sans the proverbial little-mustache that some actors force into antagonistic roles. He's creepy and evil, but cool. At times you might just root for the poor guy. And that's Roger Corman 101: his signature brand's a cinematic tattoo that cannot be (and doesn't need to be) removed.
Madeline Stowe in Unlawful Entry
Ray Liotta facing Madeline Stowe poolside in Unlawful Entry
Suburban Shot of Ray Liotta and Kurt Russell pal around at first in Unlawful Entry
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Sherrie Rose Unlawful Entry Sherrie Rose with Ray Liotta Unlawful Entry Girl in Jeep
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Our friend Harry Northup played the cult-iconic bad cop in Kaplan's OVER THE EDGE
Ray Liotta in a Western genre post as the heavy's heavy cop in Unlawful Entry
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