Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - Feb 8, 1991 (USA)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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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 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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spouse, abuse, betrayal, captive, captor, control, deception, escape, husband, obsession, on-the-run, revenge, romance, search, spouse-abuse, stalking, teacher, woman