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Julia Roberts caused a controversy after she left Abbeville, South Carolina, where the film shot some location work. She said the place was "a living hell" and a "horribly racist" town and she would never return there.
The name Laura chooses for herself is connected to her past life. The first name of Sarah means Princess, which is what Martin used to call her, and the last name of Waters symbolizes Laura's supposed drowning.
It was Patrick Bergin's idea to use composer Hector Berlioz song, one of his favorite pieces of music, as Martin Burney's song of choice.
Upon its release, the movie ended an eleven week and almost three-month reign of Home Alone (1990) at the top of the North American box office. However, both pictures were from the same 20th Century Fox studio anyway.
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.
Features haunting music from Hector Berlioz' "Symphonie Fantastique".
Martin displays the classic cycle of abuse with Laura. The building of tensions, the abuse and 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.
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Part of an early 1990s American Hollywood cycle of suspense-thriller movies which included various neo-noir and neo-Hitchcock films.
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The name of the circus was "Claude Powell's Super Carnival". Claude F. Powell worked on this film as the construction coordinator in the Art Department.
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The stars that were originally attached to the film's lead roles were Aidan Quinn, Sean Connery and Kim Basinger. This casting would have marked a reunion for Connery and Basinger, who had previously co-starred in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983).
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When this movie was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)for a rating it was given a rating of NC-17. An NC-17 rated film can only have limited advertisement in the US and many theaters will not show an NC-17 rated film. So to make a profit, the movie had to have a rating of R. In order for the MPAA to give this film an R rating, several seconds of the first sex scene between Martin and Laura had to be cut. The version of this film with the entire sex scene is known as the International version which was seen in the UK and other parts of Europe.
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The film was made and released about four years after its source novel of the same name written by Nancy Price had first been published in 1987.
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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).
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Screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin did some rewrite work on the movie's script but went unbilled in the film's credits for this re-writing.
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One of a cycle of thrillers made during the early 1990s which were set around husband and wife characters. The films include Malice (1993), Deceived (1991), Shattered (1991), Mortal Thoughts (1991), Consenting Adults (1992), Unlawful Entry (1992), Presumed Innocent (1990), Guilty as Sin (1993), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) and A Kiss Before Dying (1991).
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The name of the small sail boat was "DAY DREAM".
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Star Julia Roberts has two character names in this movie. They are Sara Waters and Laura Burney (full name: Laura Williams Burney).
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Julia Roberts' lead female role in Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) was originally written for Jane Fonda.
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Sharon J. Robinson portrayed a character, billed in the closing credits as "Sharon the Nurse", who had the same first name as her own.
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The two cinema movies that actor Kevin Anderson appeared in that were first released in the year of 1991 were both suspense thrillers. The films were Liebestraum (1991) and Sleeping with the Enemy (1991).
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The song that Ben sings when we are first introduced to him is "The Jets Song" from the play "West Side Story"
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene that Ben's students are rehearsing when Martin spies on the class is from the play 'The Seagull' by Anton Chekhov. It is a scene from the final Act of the play when the character of Konstantin is begging the woman he loves, Nina, to be with him. Nina, who does not return his love, rejects him and Konstantin commits suicide shortly afterwards. In parallel, Martin believes himself to love Laura/Sara as much as Konstantin loved Nina and there is a similar scene later in the film when Martin begs Laura/Sara to be with him and she rejects him. Also, like Konstantin, Martin dies of a gunshot wound.
When Sara's realtor is first showing her the house the ends up renting as they walk down the hallway where Sara intimately ends up shooting her husband the realtor says "This house has some amazing possibilities. I think you'd like it!". Potential foreshadowing for that exact location!
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