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Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  8 February 1991 (USA)
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A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband.

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Laura and Martin have been married for four years. They seem to be the perfect, happiest and most successful couple. The reality of their house- hold, however, is very different. Martin is an abusive and brutally obsessed husband. Laura is living her life in constant fear and waits for a chance to escape. She finally stages her own death, and flees to a new town and new identity. But when Martin finds out that his wife is not dead he will stop at nothing to find and kill her. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Self-Defense is not murder See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for wife abuse terror and a sex scene | See all certifications »

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8 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Dormindo com o Inimigo  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$101,580,000 (USA)
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Julia Roberts caused a controversy after she left Abbeville, South Carolina, where the film shot some location work. She said the place was "a living hell" and a "horribly racist" town and she would never return there. See more »

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When a disguised Laura is visiting her mother in the nursing home and is in the closed bathroom getting a glass of water for her mother to take her pills, Martin opens her mother's door from the hallway, and the door opens to the left. When Martin returns later that evening, the door handle is clearly on the opposite side and the door now opens to the right. See more »

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Laura: [on phone, with gun aimed at Martin] Come quickly. I've just killed an intruder.
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CLOSE TO YOU
Written by Gary Benson, Winston Sela and Maxi Priest
Performed by Maxi Priest
Courtesy of Ten Records Ltd.
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By-the-numbers thriller is boosted by good performances.
8 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

I think most people tend to overlook how well-done the first 20 minutes of this movie really are. Ruben carefully builds a creepy atmosphere, relying on brief glances, moments of silence and quietly expressive performances (especially by Julia Roberts) to help the viewer understand that, behind the image of a perfect couple, something is really wrong. Unfortunately, after Roberts escapes from her husband, the movie turns into a strictly by-the-numbers thriller, where you can predict almost every development of the script. It's a visually polished movie, though, and the very good performances give it a strong psychological center that keeps it above-average.


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