Sleeping with the Enemy

Sleeping with the Enemy
Sleeping with the Enemy
  • R
  • 1h 38m
  • 1991
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Laura Burney (Julia Roberts) is not just the trophy wife of rich investment counselor Martin (Patrick Bergin). She is also a battered wife. After faking her own death by drowning, she changes her name and relocates to Cedar Falls, Iowa – and even begins a new relationship. But once Martin learns of the ruse, he comes to Iowa to reclaim his “possession.”
© 1991 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Common Sense Says
Spousal-abuse thriller has violence and language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sleeping with the Enemy is a 1991 drama, based on a 1987 novel by Nancy Price, that pretends to be about domestic abuse but feels more like a horror movie played for suspense and chills. A wealthy financier brutally hits his young beautiful wife and then apologizes for what he euphemistically calls "quarreling." He controls her every move, strangling her freedom until she meticulously puts into action her long-planned escape scheme. Stalking, attempted murder, actual murder, gun violence, clothed sex, and language including "f--k" and "s--t" make this iffy for kids.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:February 8, 1991
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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