Sleeping With the Enemy

Directed By: Joseph Ruben Starring: Julia Roberts Patrick Bergin

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The battered wife of a yuppie neat-freak fakes her death at sea and flees from cape cod to iowa.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40224735
UPC 024543086956
UPC 14 00024543086956
Format DVD
Release Date 9/11/2007
Rating Rating
Keywords
Betrayal
Love Story
On-The-Run
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Vengeance
Editors Note
Note Laura (Julia Roberts) and Martin (Patrick Bergen) have the appearance of a perfect marriage, but shortly into the film it becomes apparent that Laura's presence in their opulent home and decadent lifestyle is as decoration and servant. Moreover, Martin is obsessive, anally clean and ruling tyrannically over his wife; she lives in fear of the brutal punishment that descends when the canned goods are imperfectly lined up or the towels hang unevenly. Through an elaborate plan, Laura stages her own death and escapes to start anew in a small Iowa town, where her next door neighbor's efforts at friendship and burgeoning love slowly chip away at her armor of distrust. But just as Laura begins to relax into her new existence, her past resurfaces in a chilling climax.
Plot Summary
Summary Laura's life with her handsome and successful husband seems perfect to those looking at it from the outside. But behind closed doors, Laura resides in a personal hell. Her husband is a psychotic, controlling perfectionist, and his escalating emotional and physical abuse eventually leads the desperate Laura to plot her escape. One stormy night she leaps from the bow of her husband's sailboat and swims for shore. Her husband initially believes that she drowned; meanwhile, Laura "resurfaces" in a college town in Iowa. Attempting to rebuild her shattered life, Laura changes her name, takes a new job in the campus library, and makes friends with a sensitive and sweet drama teacher. But this happiness proves to be ephemeral when her crazed husband gets wise to the deception and turns up in the Midwest determined to bring his wife back home -- whatever it takes.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...Roberts remains a marvel..." 03/07/1991 p.90
Entertainment Weekly "...[Roberts's] most wide-ranging performance..." 12/02/1994 pp.84-5
Directors
Joseph Ruben
Actors
Julia Roberts
Patrick Bergin
Cast & Crew
Elizabeth Lawrence - Actor
Julia Roberts - Actor
Kevin Anderson - Actor
Patrick Bergin - Actor
Nancy Price - Based On Novel By
John Lindley - Cinematographer
Joseph Ruben - Director
George Bowers - Editor
Leonard Goldberg - Producer
Ronald Bass - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1991
Catalog ID 2008695
UPC 00024543086956
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Roberts,Julia
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jim Whaley, PBS Cinema Showcase A classic thriller.

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