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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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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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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

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. See more »

Goofs

When Martin is in the nursing home, he asks a young brunette nurse for a favor. He would like to know about the people visiting Laura's mother. When he is on the way out, he is stopped by a nurse with short blonde hair. The nurse says to him that he asked her earlier about the visitors. This is incorrect, as he did not ask her, he asked her colleague. See more »

Quotes

Laura: [on phone, with gun aimed at Martin] Come quickly. I've just killed an intruder.
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Connections

Remade as Agni Sakshi (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

RUNAROUND SUE
Written by Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of Laurie Records
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Not Bad
15 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have this movie on tape also. Come to think, I have a lot of Julia Roberts' movies. Anywho, I liked how she used her timidity to get the hell out of a crazy psyho relationship with a guy who thought he was entitled to beat his wife. She planned everything down to the T, and I liked that. However, you knew he was gonna find her again and wreak havoc on her new life. It grew a little wasteful at that point because the poor guy had only that abusive husband turned psycho side to play with. Not much to chew on really when you're in the movie about 5 times in 20 minutes. You understood she had to see him at least and the point was she had to move on and assert her independence. Sucks that psycho was rich with a nice pad. Plus, why didn't she just pawn the ring instead of attempting to flush hard gold down? Or take it with? Even a toilet isn't that stupid. Maybe she should have eaten it first and it would have been disguised better. I mean, that was the only thing that tipped him off for goodness sakes. She was smart to a point like most chicks in these types of movies. Guess there wouldn't be much of a movie otherwise.


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