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Sleeping with the Enemy

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Hot off her success in Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts starred in this thriller about a battered wife stalked by her abusive husband. Roberts plays Laura Burney, the wife of a rich investment counselor, Martin Patrick Bergin. Martin appreciates his wife as a trophy, but at home he abuses her for not keeping the house as clean as he would like it. The verbal abuse descends into physical violence --so much so that Laura decides to disappear rather than live a life under Martin as a brutalized slave. Laura fakes her own...
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Overview

Hot off her success in Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts starred in this thriller about a battered wife stalked by her abusive husband. Roberts plays Laura Burney, the wife of a rich investment counselor, Martin Patrick Bergin. Martin appreciates his wife as a trophy, but at home he abuses her for not keeping the house as clean as he would like it. The verbal abuse descends into physical violence --so much so that Laura decides to disappear rather than live a life under Martin as a brutalized slave. Laura fakes her own death by drowning, and relocates to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she changes her name to Sara Waters. She starts a relationship with her friendly Iowa neighbor Ben Woodward Kevin Anderson, but her happiness is short-lived. Martin has discovered that Laura has staged her drowning and is coming to Iowa to reclaim his possession.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • UPC: 024543719076
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 33,608

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Laura Burney/Sara Waters
Patrick Bergin Martin Burney
Kevin Anderson Ben Woodward
Elizabeth Lawrence Chloe
Kyle Secor Fleishman
Claudette Nevins Dr. Rissner
Tony Abatemarco Locke
Marita Geraghty Julie
Harley Venton Garber
Nancy Fish Woman on Bus
Mark Fincannon
Pam Plummer
Karen Rea
Todd Thaler
Sandi Shackelford Edna
Bonnie Cook Mrs. Nepper
Graham Harrington Minister
John D. Ward Theater Student
Sharon Robinson Sharon the Nurse
Technical Credits
Joseph Ruben Director
Ronald Bass Screenwriter
Pat Birch Choreography
George Bowers Editor
Jeffrey Chernov Executive Producer
C. Tad Devlin Associate Producer
Lloyd Fonvielle Screenwriter
Leonard J. Goldberg Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Richard Hornung Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Kleven Stunts
Doug Kraner Production Designer
John Lindley Cinematographer
Joseph P. Lucky Art Director
Lee Poll Set Decoration/Design
Tom Priestley Jr. Camera Operator
Karen Rea Casting
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Bruce Joel Rubin Screenwriter
Walter Scott Stunts
Michael Steele Associate Producer
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2010

    Read the book and compare

    I saw this movie years ago and remember enjoying it. Julia Roberts does an exceptional job in playing the vulnerable type that everyone--men and women alike--want to protect. It was only recently that I stumbled upon the novel of the same name, by Nancy Price. I never knew the movie was based on a book and after reading it, I SO wanted to write a review, but Barnes and Noble doesn't (or no longer at least) offer the book. So.... I'm reviewing the book here! If you can, I suggest you find the book and read it. The movie does a pretty good job of building on certain elements of the written story, but, of course, a book (not limited to 90 to 100 minutes of time) can almost always provide a more in depth story. The movie seemed more black and white with clear good guys and bad guys. Whereas, in the book, I didn't find Sarah's new love interest Ben all that likeable at first. He seemed to be sexually obsessed with the Julia Roberts character, constantly clenching his fists in anger because she would not allow him to get close to her physically. The reader is made to understand that he is still bitter about a previously failed relationship where that woman also was not into him physically. We get a chance to get into his head and when he isn't obsessing about Sarah's body, particularly her breasts, he is wishing he had a woman who would take care of the cooking and housekeeping so he would finally be freed up to write the novel he's always wanted to. And that ..... pretty much sums up "good guy" Ben. (All I could think was well... at least he doesn't beat her.) Meanwhile, Sarah also is being stalked by another man who leaves increasingly sexually-worded notes on her doorstep, but once she realizes it is not her husband or Ben for that matter, it doesn't seem to concern her that he is a major creep. Any normal woman, and especially one that has endured what she has, would be upset. Later, we find out the stalker is a neighbor college kid, and his behavior seems to be dismissed as just the antics of a dumb kid. The book, like the movie, does a great job in building suspense, but I was left with the feeling that the author doesn't have the healthiest attitude toward male/female relationships.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Captivating story of escape

    This is a heart rending story of domestic violence. The actors will truly mesmerize and pull you to the story.

    The opening scene is on the beach, where a seemingly peaceful home of a couple suddenly turns violent, an unlikely setting of domestic violence.

    A neighbor's invitation to sail on a clear day in calm waters becomes dangerous as a storm turns it's fury on the sail boat. The events that follow are simply brilliant. The viewer sighs a relief as well-developed escape plans are executed. All is well until everything unravels with a single phone call to the abuser.

    We now travel with the abuser on his way to claim his wife who is still cautious but relieved to have made the escape.

    He finds her then as you finally see an end to her sorrows, it starts over again but wait, she takes care of him.

    The end, except that he comes back again.... there really is a happy ending to all this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    I love Julia Roberts, and this movie is one of her best.

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