15 certificateSleeping with the Enemy is a Film programme that first aired in 1991 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Sleeping with the Enemy is a 3 star programme

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Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)

Directed by
Joseph Ruben

On the surface, Laura (Julia Roberts) and Martin Burney (Patrick Bergin) seem like the perfect couple. Behind closed doors, however, Laura's possessive husband subjects her to torturous physical and mental abuse. In a desperate bid to escape, she fakes her own death, pretending to fall overboard during a boat trip before secretly swimming to safety. Determined to start a new life, she changes her name, alters her appearance and begins a relationship with sweet new neighbour Ben (Kevin Anderson). As the pair grow closer, she gradually begins to put the past behind her, unaware that her maniacal husband has discovered the truth behind her deception and will stop at nothing to track her down.

Penned by Oscar-winning Rainman writer Ronald Bass, Sleeping with the Enemy is a nail-biting thriller, in the vein of 1987's Fatal Attraction. Roberts gives a typically eye-catching performance on the back of her Pretty Woman triumph and Bergin is terrifying as her twisted, psychotic husband. If you can turn a blind eye to a few preposterous plot holes, Sleeping with the Enemy is a highly entertaining thriller. The twists might be a tad predictable but a fine score by legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith helps ratchet up the tension as the film builds to its heart-stopping climax.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1991

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Julia RobertsJulia Roberts...Sara Waters/Laura Burney
Image for Patrick BerginPatrick Bergin...Martin Burney
Kevin Anderson...Ben Woodward
Elizabeth Lawrence...Chloe Williams
Kyle Secor...Fleishman
Claudette Nevins...Dr. Rissner
Tony Abatemarco...Locke
Marita Geraghty...Julie
Harley Venton...Garber
Nancy Fish...Woman on Bus
Sandi Shackelford...Edna
Bonnie Johnson...Mrs. Nepper
Graham Harrington...Minister
John Ward...Theater Student
Sharon J. Robinson...Sharon