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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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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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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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Martin displays the classic cycle of spousal/partner abuse with Laura. First, the building of tensions, which continually increase between a couple, ultimately culminating in an abusive episode. After an incident, the abuser has released built-up tension, and thus the abuser is usually incredibly remorseful. This leads to the honeymoon period, which is characterized by apologizing, promising it will never happen again, and/or gifts. Finally, there is calm in the relationship for a time until tensions build again. See more »

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When Laura dances with Ben at the college, her hair goes from wildly messy to neat and back again several times. This happens again at the end of the film, when Laura encounters Martin. See more »

Quotes

Laura: [on phone, with gun aimed at Martin] Come quickly. I've just killed an intruder.
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Referenced in Grosse Pointe: Sleeping with the Enemy (2000) See more »

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CIRCLE OF ONE
Written and Performed by Oleta Adams
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products
A division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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That was the day I died and someone else was saved
8 February 2001 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

What a great movie. One of Julia Robert's best performances.

The start of the movie seems fine Laura and Martin seem like a happily married couple, then you see a scene where Martin berates her about hanging the bathroom towels out of order and then, Laura desperately tries to arrange the tins in the cupboard exactly right. Everything is definitely not alright when you see Martin punch Laura in the head.

This is the story of how Laura fakes her own death and tries to make a new life for herself.

You really feel for Laura and Martin is a really evil guy, who is portrayed very scarily.

The music is beautiful and sad, one of the loveliest soundtracks I have ever heard.

I really recommend this film to other women, although it is not aimed entirely at the female audience, I feel we get more out of it


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