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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Laura Burney
... Martin Burney
... Ben Woodward
Elizabeth Lawrence ... Chloe Williams
... Fleishman
... Dr. Rissner
... Locke
... Julie
Harley Venton ... Garber
... Woman on Bus
Sandi Shackelford ... Edna
... Mrs. Nepper (as Bonnie Cook)
Graham Harrington ... Minister
... 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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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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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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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

Part of an early 1990s American Hollywood cycle of suspense-thriller movies which included various neo-noir and neo-Hitchcock films. See more »

Goofs

While on the ferris wheel, they lean forward as their carriage goes by the ride operator. Leaning forward is listed as one of the most dangerous things passengers can do because of the lack of seat belts. Any ride operator working on the ferris wheel at any park, fair, or carnival are supposed to tell the passengers to stop leaning forward. See more »

Quotes

Martin: You sneaked off inexplicably, need I remind you how I worried?
Laura: No. You reminded me enough the night I came back.
Martin: You're not suggesting I enjoyed that?
Laura: God, no. That would make you a monster.
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Referenced in Fatal Instinct (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

THE JET SONG
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
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A Lifetime movie from Hell...
4 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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