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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)  »

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

Features haunting music from Hector Berlioz' "Symphonie Fantastique". See more »

Goofs

While on the ferris wheel, they lean forward as their carriage goes by the ride operator. Leaning forward is listed as one of the most dangerous things passengers can do because of the lack of seat belts. Any ride operator working on the ferris wheel at any park, fair, or carnival are supposed to tell the passengers to stop leaning forward. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in NCIS: New Orleans: Sleeping with the Enemy (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

MY GIRL
Written by Smokey Robinson (as William Robinson) and Ronald White
Performed by The Temptations
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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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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