Unlawful Entry (1992)

Unlawful Entry poster

Largo Entertainment
Starring:
 Kurt Russell, Madeleine Stowe, Ray Liotta
Also Starring: Merv
Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Michael and Karen Carr (Kurt Russell and Madeleine Stowe) find themselves the victim of a break-in and befriend police officer Pete Davis (Ray Liotta) who turns out to have a growing obsession with Karen.

Featured Feline: The Carrs own a long-haired golden tabby cat named Tiny (who is anything but!) Tiny is more Karen’s cat and doesn’t like Michael as much. We first see Tiny in a photograph above other photos of the couple.

Unlawful Entry - photograph of orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

Tiny is sleeping on the bed with Karen when she hears a noise.

Unlawful Entry - orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny sleeping on bed

Karen carries Tiny with her when she goes to Michael’s office to tell him about the noise. He goes downstairs to investigate, leaving Karen with Tiny in his office.

Unlawful Entry - Karen Madeleine Store holding orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

Unlawful Entry - Karen Madeleine Store holding orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny at desk

After fighting off an intruder, the police are called. Tiny the cat rubs against the officer’s leg and Pete Davis picks him up and hands him back to Karen.

Unlawful Entry - orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny rubbing against policeman's legs

Unlawful Entry - Officer Pete Ray Liotta holding up orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

Unlawful Entry - Officer Pete Ray Liotta handing orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny back to Karen Madeleine Stowe with Michael Kurt Russell

Tiny is seen sleeping near Karen in some other scenes in the film.

Unlawful Entry - Karen Madeleine Store on couch with sleeping orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

Unlawful Entry - Karen Madeleine Store sitting on bed with sleeping orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

One night during a thunderstorm Tiny is seen running downstairs.

Unlawful Entry - orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny running from lightning

The house alarm is tripped and Michael runs downstairs to battle the intruder, only to find Tiny tripped the alarm.

Unlawful Entry - Michael Kurt Russell holding orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

The police show up and tear the Carr home apart looking for something.

Unlawful Entry - orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny running down disheveled hallway

Michael is arrested on false charges, leaving Karen home alone. Her friend Penny (Deborah Offner) comes to help, taking Tiny to the kitchen to feed him.

Unlawful Entry - Penny Deborah Offner holding orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

Unlawful Entry - Penny Deborah Offner carrying orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

Later Karen is startled to find Pete in the house. She says she needs to let Tiny back in and goes to the front door, but hears Tiny meow from the closet.

Unlawful Entry - orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny in closet

Retrieving Tiny from the closet, Karen finds Penny murdered. She then knows just how dangerous Pete really is.

Unlawful Entry - Karen reaching for orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny in closet

Unlawful Entry - Karen Madeleine Stowe holding orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny with Officer Pete Ray Liotta

Michael shows up and helps Karen. As they try to run from the house, they are startled by a noise. It turns out Tiny has knocked something over and broken it.

Unlawful Entry - orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny on counter

After seemingly killing Pete, the Carrs step outside their front door. There’s an eerie moment of quiet when Tiny suddenly comes down the stairs behind Michael.

Unlawful Entry - orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny running down stairs behind Michael Kurt Russell animated gif

Once Pete is really dead, Michael picks up Tiny. As in the rest of the movie, he picks the cat up completely wrong.

Unlawful Entry - Michael Kurt Russell picking up orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

Michael, Karen and Tiny then sit on the front step of their home awaiting the police.

Unlawful Entry - Karen Madeleine Stowe holding orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny

Unlawful Entry - Karen Madeleine Stowe holding orange long-haired tabby cat Tiny with Michael Kurt Russell

Final Mewsings: Tiny might have liked Michael better if Michael knew how to hold him properly.

Many thanks to T.j. Dotson for letting us know about the cat in this movie!


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