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Sleeping With the Enemy
Sleeping With the Enemy
Actors: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence, Kyle Secor
Director: Joseph Ruben
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2003     1hr 39min

This 1991 thriller by Joseph Ruben (True Believer) works up to a point: Julia Roberts plays an abused wife who fakes her death and starts anew under a different identity in Iowa. Her psychopathic husband (Patrick Bergin) f...  more »

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Actors: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence, Kyle Secor
Director: Joseph Ruben
Creators: C. Tad Devlin, Jeffrey Chernov, Joel Chernoff, Leonard Goldberg, Michael E. Steele, Nancy Price, Ronald Bass
Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/02/2003
Original Release Date: 02/08/1991
Theatrical Release Date: 02/08/1991
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Sharon F. (Shar) from AVON PARK, FL
Reviewed on 4/26/2022...
Good suspense movie with Julia Roberts as the lead.
Reviewed on 4/6/2020...
This thriller gets better with age and has a really dynamic plotline that keeps you on your toes! A must watch for Julia Robert Fans!
Wayne F. (WWIIpfc) from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 2/2/2015...
I believe there is a lot more of this in real life than generally believed. You can't sleep through this one!
Reviewed on 8/29/2012...
This is my favorite movie.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Sleeping With the Enemy
Arnita D. Brown | USA | 01/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In order to escape an abusive marriage, a woman fakes her own death and finds a new life and lover, only to be found out by her husband. This is a movie that was made in the earlier part of Julia Robert's career, and I still enjoy seeing it. A movie that offers many chills and thrills. Very entertaining."
Man In The Long Black Coat...
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 12/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a thriller, SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY is an oddity. In a genre filled w/ psychotics and mega-murder, SWTE has the former without the latter, yet manages to work quite well anyway. This is due to the role of Julia Roberts as Laura, a brutally abused spouse, driven to do whatever it may take in order to escape. Her "perfect" marriage is quickly shown to be a sick, violent charade, dominated by an utterly insane, control freak husband (Patrick Bergin). Laura uses great ingenuity and stealth in her plan for freedom. Unfortunately, hubby is obsessed w/ finding Laura, so he can regain his possession and control of her life. While the middle part tends to drag a bit, setting up a cozy, small town existence for Laura (yep, there's the hat thing), the finalé is certainly worth the wait! Laura must face the fact that there's only one way out of this, and it's NOT by getting a restraining order..."
Exciting thriller
B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 10/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not only is Sleeping With the Enemy exciting to watch because of the suspenseful storyline, it actually IS a really good movie with top notch acting from everyone.

Not only that, but the film has dated really well because the picture quality still looks amazing. Dare I say, it actually looks better now compared to when the film was first released?

Julia Roberts isn't one of my favorite actresses, I admit, but she delivers a splendid performance here. Throughout the movie, you see Julia's character trying to start over her life by moving to a small town in Iowa because her previous husband abused her pretty hard.

In Iowa, she meets a man, falls in love, and believes her horrible, haunting memories of the past are completely behind her... but little does she know what's about to happen. Little does she know her ex-husband is still out there, and searching for her once he finds out she's still alive.

Sometimes the story goes through some slowdown time where no suspense or action takes place and instead focuses on Julia's love for her new boyfriend (with a few lengthy romantic bits included as well) but this is actually quite fine by me because it shows the viewer how willing Julia's character was to move on and leave the past behind her. It looks believable too. It makes you appreciate the suspense when it eventually does happen. The lengthy time at the end of the movie was a perfect example how to make a suspenseful storyline. Don't give too much away too early.

The acting is phenomenal all around, and the storytelling is quite good too. It's just really amazing how GOOD the movie looks after all these years. Job well done to the directors and camera crew who worked on the film."