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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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She is a stranger in a small town. She changed her name. Her looks. Her life. All to escape the most dangerous man she's ever met. Her husband. 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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Dormindo com o Inimigo  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$101,580,000 (USA)
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The song that Ben sings when we are first introduced to him is "The Jets Song" from the play "West Side Story" See more »

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When Laura is in the bathtub after the carnival, she runs her hand through her wet hair and messes it up. She looks over, sees the straightened towel and stands up and puts on her robe. The next moment her hair is perfectly slicked back and combed neatly. As she walks down the hall to check the rooms, her hair goes back and forth from neat to messy. See more »

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Martin: You sneaked off inexplicably, need I remind you how I worried?
Laura: No. You reminded me enough the night I came back.
Martin: You're not suggesting I enjoyed that?
Laura: God, no. That would make you a monster.
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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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Lifetime movie on steroids
23 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Martin Burney (Patrick Bergin) is an abusive husband to Laura (Julia Roberts). So she plans to escape by faking her own death. She starts a new life and falls for neighbor Ben Woodward (Kevin Anderson).

This is a Lifetime movie on steroids. Bergin is a cartoon character. Roberts is showing her movie star credential. And I don't like Anderson. I get the creepy vibes from Let's-do-a-Deal dude. It's the easiest thing to play the nice guy in this movie.

This is a movie where flashbacks may be preferable to revealing everything right from the start. The first 15 minutes has Martin hitting Laura, showing Laura escaping, and basically laying out the entire story. There is a lot of possibilities that is lost there. The almost accidental run-in at the hospital is probably the only tense moment after the first 15 minutes. It just lacks tension or suspense.


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