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Writers (WGA):
Nancy Price (novel)
Ronald Bass (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 February 1991 (USA) See more »
Self-Defense is not murder See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Lifetime movie from Hell... See more (110 total) »


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Directed by
Joseph Ruben 
Writing credits
Nancy Price (novel)

Ronald Bass (screenplay)

Produced by
Jeffrey Chernov .... executive producer
C. Tad Devlin .... associate producer
Leonard Goldberg .... producer
Michael E. Steele .... associate producer
Joel Chernoff .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
John Lindley (director of photography) (as John W. Lindley)
Film Editing by
George Bowers 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
Production Design by
Doug Kraner 
Art Direction by
Joseph P. Lucky 
Set Decoration by
Lee Poll 
Costume Design by
Richard Hornung 
Makeup Department
Richard Dean .... key makeup artist
Herita Jones .... assistant makeup artist
Kaye Pownall .... key hair stylist
Jeff Goodwin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
C. Tad Devlin .... unit production manager
Jeanne Van Cott .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephanie Fowler Adams .... second second assistant director
Julie A. Bloom .... second assistant director
Timothy M. Bourne .... first assistant director: second unit
Michael E. Steele .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steve Davis .... set dresser
Tony Guastella .... leadman
Joe Kassner .... assistant art director
Walter P. Martishius .... set artist
Sam Moore .... property master
Len Morganti .... storyboard illustrator
James F. Oñate .... painter
Claude F. Powell .... construction coordinator
Ron Reedy .... props
Eric W. Skipper .... set dresser
Stan Tropp .... set designer
John Bob Wallace .... painter
Michael A. Wells .... construction gang boss
Robert L. Girard .... carpenter/stand-by (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Benson .... supervising sound editor
Jim Bridges .... sound
Ed Callahan .... sound effects editor
Chris Carpenter .... re-recording mixer
Kevin E. Carpenter .... re-recording mixer
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... dialogue editor (as Lucy Coldsnow)
Chris Connelly .... sound recordist
Linda Corbin .... foley mixer
Victor DiMattia .... looping
Susan Dudeck .... supervising adr editor
Arnold Finkelstein .... sound effects recordist
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Rick Hart .... re-recording mixer
Richard King .... sound effects editor
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor
Sarah Monat .... foley artist
John Morris .... sound effects editor
Josephine Nericcio .... adr assistant editor
Bob Newlan .... dialogue editor
Alexandra Root .... sound apprentice
Carl Rudisill .... sound
Beth Sterner .... supervising foley editor
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Susumu Tokunow .... sound mixer
Tim Webb .... sound recordist
Oscar Mitt .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Calvin Joe Acord .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Syd Dutton .... visual effects
Bill Taylor .... visual effects
David S. Williams Jr. .... visual effects
Bill Jelliffe .... stunts
Maria R. Kelly .... stunts (as Maria Kelly)
Max Kleven .... water stunt coordinator
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (as Mike McGaughy)
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Russell Solberg .... stunts
Dana Swain .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
James R. Belletier .... second assistant camera
Richard L. Carden .... dolly grip
Thomas Ford .... best boy (as Tom Ford)
Douglas C. Hart .... first assistant camera: second unit
Herb Harton .... camera loader (as F. Herb Harton)
Robert Hoelen .... grip
Fred Johanns .... rigging gaffer
Terry D. Long .... electrician
Jeffrey L. Loy .... lighting technician
Michael A. McFadden .... best boy
Harrison Palmer .... grip
Douglas Pellegrino .... first assistant camera
John Perkinson .... underwater assistant camera
Tim Pershing .... key grip
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
Pete Romano .... underwater camera operator
Jon R. Tower .... gaffer
Robert Ulland .... Steadicam operator
Michael Criscuolo .... specialty electrician (uncredited)
Alan Pickelsimer .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... casting: Wilmington
Mark Fincannon .... casting: Wilmington
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Doreen Lane .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Adams-Galligan .... assistant costume designer
Judi Bell .... wardrobe
Jan Finnell .... costume assistant
Robert Q. Mathews .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Al Hansen .... lab post-production coordinator
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Location Management
Ken Lavet .... location manager
Music Department
Brooks Arthur .... music producer
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Tom Briggs .... transportation captain
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation coordinator (as Tom Thomas)
Mike Repeta .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
De Best .... stand-in: Mr. Bergin
Patricia Birch .... choreographer
Christie Chaplin .... production assistant
Deborah A. Cornett .... first assistant accountant
Christopher Draper .... consultant: sailing
Lori Freshwater .... stand-in: Ms. Roberts
Jeff Johnson .... marine coordinator (as Captain Jeff Johnson)
Deena Kilmon .... hands double
Rob McEntegart .... production legal
Carole Peterman .... production secretary (as Carole J. Sanders)
Dana Lynne Taylor .... production coordinator
Neal Thompson .... title designer
Susan Trembly .... unit publicist
Kaitlyn Walker .... adr artist
Gary Weddington .... production accountant
Suzanne Wilson-Fellows .... production associate
Corey B. Yugler .... script supervisor
Adam Berman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bruce Gray .... sculpture art provided by (uncredited)
Chris Nubel .... set crew (uncredited)
Tabitha McEachern .... special thanks
George Settles .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
Rated R for wife abuse terror and a sex scene
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (DVD rating) (uncut) (2001) | UK:18 (video rating) (uncut) (1992) | USA:R (No. 30671)

Did You Know?

One of two major motion pictures from the 20th Century Fox studio first released in 1991 that starred actor Patrick Bergin. The movies were Robin Hood (1991) and Sleeping with the Enemy (1991).See more »
Revealing mistakes: As Martin brings Laura her coat right before they go sailing, you can hear a distinct clatter in the background. But neither Martin nor Laura could have made the sound.See more »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)See more »


How much time elapsed between when Laura left and when Martin found her?
Why didn't Martin discover Laura's wedding ring in the toilet till days or even weeks later?
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A Lifetime movie from Hell..., 4 January 2005
Author: Ed Cowell from Cleveland, OH

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY resembles the kind of movie they show endlessly on the Lifetime channel. The men are either weak and ineffectual or psychotic.It was rightfully parodied by the movie FATAL INSTINCT. For the most part, the cheese factor is high, with plot devices scattered about everywhere, as well as a number of holes mentioned in other reviews. The characters act the way they do because the story requires them to do so. The scenery is wonderful, particularly at the beginning with the boats and the ocean. Patrick Bergin is great as Julia Roberts's obsessive-compulsive creep of a husband. Roberts has more chemistry with him than anyone else in the movie...

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