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Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

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

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8 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dormindo com o Inimigo  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)

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$101,580,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Star Julia Roberts has two character names in this movie. They are Sara Waters and Laura Burney (full name: Laura Williams Burney). See more »

Goofs

As Laura takes a bath after the carnival with Ben, she runs her hand through her hair and messes it up. Then she sees the straightened towels,stands up sharply, leaves the bathroom quickly and her hair is smooth and neat again. See more »

Quotes

Laura: That was the night that I died, and someone else was saved. Someone who was afraid of water, but learned to swim. Someone who knew there would be one moment, where he wouldn't be watching. Someone who knew that the darkness of the broken lights would show the way.
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RUNAROUND SUE
Written by Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of Laurie Records
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My First Julia Roberts Movie
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Unlike some, I LIKE this lady and this is my favourite film of hers. After watching it for the nth time I was moved to buy the book on which it is based and this is a far more complex affair than the film, which simplifies everything and leaves out several characters altogether. I think Nancy Price did a far better job of studying an abused wife, who never really stopped loving her brute of a husband, than the makers of the film. It depicts Sara/Laura as a far more interesting character than the somewhat insipid Julia Roberts version.

If you have read the book, then some little touches in the film (i.e. - African Violets) become clearer.


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