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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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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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Trivia

Julia Roberts' lead female role in Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) was originally written for Jane Fonda. See more »

Goofs

When Laura comes home from the picnic with Ben, she switches on some music and there are several cassette tapes cluttering around the stereo. When she runs downstairs a few minutes later and hears the music start again, the tapes are gone. This is because the stereo was originally sitting on top of a table or desk, and when she runs downstairs later it has been set (by Martin, off-screen) on the floor against the door. See more »

Quotes

Martin: I can't live without you. And I won't let you live without me.
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Referenced in Twisted: Sleeping with the Frenemy (2013) See more »

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BROWN EYED GIRL
Written and Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licesing
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My First Julia Roberts Movie
16 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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