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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

At the time director Joseph Ruben was hired, Kim Basinger was attached to the project as Laura Burney. She ultimately turned down the part, though, feeling she wasn't right for the role. The character in the end was cast with Julia Roberts. See more »

Goofs

When Martin goes to take a drink at the water fountain (after a disguised Laura drinks), it sprays into his face. It is obvious that the squirt of water came from a separate source, not from the water fountain spigot. See more »

Quotes

Martin: Does it give you that much pleasure to humiliate me?
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Referenced in Scream: The TV Series: Revelations (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream of a Witches' Sabbath
(5th Movement of "Symphonie Fantastique")
Music by Hector Berlioz
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awful, awful, and yes, you guessed it....awful
7 March 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I rewatched this film tonight and was absolutely appalled at how bad it was. What was bad was not the acting; what was bad was not the storyline--it was every contrivance possible put in here to make this girl as stupid as a goat. These ridiculous contrivances were annoying and belittling and insulting. There are so many missteps in this movie that it becomes a game at some point to count them. There is no way to point out them all. If one likes this kind of game while watching a movie, then this one is heaven on earth for you. I don't know that an intelligent review can be given of this movie, because it's clearly aimed at an IQ of 32. Some movies are so bad, they're worth watching--this is one of those movies. Oh and this movie continues that oh-so-sickening trend of giving Julia Roberts a slow motion guffaw with those 98 teeth a'gleamin'. That just never gets old, does it? Eek!


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