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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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Fleishman
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Dr. Rissner
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Locke
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Julie
Harley Venton ...
Garber
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Woman on Bus
Sandi Shackelford ...
Edna
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Mrs. Nepper (as Bonnie Cook)
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Theater Student (as John David Ward)
Sharon J. Robinson ...
Sharon (the Nurse)
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Storyline

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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Self-Defense is not murder See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,777,943, 10 February 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,599,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$174,999,005
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Trivia

The name of the small sail boat was "DAY DREAM". See more »

Goofs

On the DVD case that was released around 2009 there is a picture of Laura at the top, and Martin at the bottom right corner walking away from their Cape Cod vacation house. But the house that is pictured is the rear façade of the fake house that was built in North Carolina for this movie. This rear of the "house" is never shown in the movie, but can be found on the internet as the movie set, and this is that rear façade picture right down to the last detail. Why THIS particular picture is used to depict the house is a complete mystery. See more »

Quotes

Martin: We all forget things. That's what reminding is for.
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Connections

Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Rock 'n' Roles (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream of a Witches' Sabbath
(5th Movement of "Symphonie Fantastique")
Music by Hector Berlioz
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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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