A successful businessman tries to uncover what is wrong with his wife.

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Larry
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Elaine
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Norman
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Martha
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Mrs. Sneeder
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Hank Sneeder
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Buddy
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Minister
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Martha's Lawyer (as Joseph Scorsiani)
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Judge Kurita
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Ray is young, charming, successful and the owner of a prosperous architect company. However, he has recently gone through a very painful divorce. His friends try to cheer him up by showing him the positive sides of being single but for Ray marriage and stability is just too important. But when he meets Lena his gloom is quickly forgotten. She is beautiful, sensual, mysterious and he is drawn to her like a moth to a candle. They marry quickly, have their first child and Ray lives in a total bliss. But then strange incidents occur which shed some light on Lena's background. Ray slowly realizes that he hardly knows anything about her at all. Who has he really married? Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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If you think you know your lover. Think again. Especially if she's your wife.


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Rated R for strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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6 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Une épouse trop parfaite  »

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Larry: Sometimes everything's a clue, and what you think is paranoia is actually heightened awareness.
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DON'T GIVE IT UP
Written by Vincent Taylor
Performed by Jah Messengers
Courtesy of Heartbeat Records
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A man peels layer after layer from his seemingly perfect wife, to discover she's not what he thinks.
11 December 1998 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

Aesthetically beautiful to watch, this Hitchcock-type thriller is facsinating. A husband discovers that his gorgeous, seemingly perfect "Dream Lover" of a wife has many hidden secrets, and could turn out to be more of a Nightmare.


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