Fatale Begierde (1992)

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Fatale Begierde: Directed by Jonathan Kaplan. With Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, Madeleine Stowe, Roger E. Mosley. A burglar holds a knife to Karen’s throat while her husband does nothing. The couple ends up 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.

“A couple are befriended by a police officer who answers their burglary call, but his attentions increase to a point of obsession and he beings to make their lives uncomfortably difficult pushing them both to breaking point.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eReleased the same year as spate of 1992 thrillers including Single White Female, Basic Instinct, Traces of Red, Consenting Adults and Final Analysis name a few Unlawful Entry is a tighter than the aforementioned. Itu0026#39;s easy to knock a film in retrospect, as itu0026#39;s been done so many times since but at the time while not totally original it encompassed the best of the genre. Jonathan Kaplan delivers a very entertaining obsession flick and while borrowing elements from Pacific Heights (1990),Cape Fear (1991) u0026amp; (1962) Lewis Colicku0026#39;s screenplay plays out interesting character developments and arcs especially as Kurt Russellu0026#39;s Michael Carr unravels and Ray Liottau0026#39;s Pete Davis unveils.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eLiotta is perfect as Davis an unbalanced police officer and Russell hams it up, debatably a little too much, as the aggravated husband. Thereu0026#39;s an overlooked supporting cast, including Ken Lerner and Madeleine Stowe in her heyday. James Horneru0026#39;s score is strong and of its time and it all adds up to an engaging thriller that would later be emulated in Lakeview Terrace (2008) and The Fan (1996).u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWorth viewing if only for the underrated Liotta in one of his better roles.”


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