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Sleeping With The Enemy [1990] [DVD]

Julia Roberts , Patrick Bergin , Joseph Ruben    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson, Kyle Secor, Elizabeth Lawrence
  • Directors: Joseph Ruben
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGUM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,061 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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) figures it out and stalks her and her new boyfriend (Kevin Anderson). The best part of the film is the moody isolation of Roberts's life with Bergin. Ruben ingeniously stakes out the story by presenting what looks like an ideal life between the two--a nice house on the ocean, a seemingly healthy sex life, before pulling the rug out from under you feet. Vital to the plot but less interesting is everything afterward, but that's less an inherent script problem than it is obvious studio pressure to push Roberts as a cute star. There's even a sequence where the actress tries on a series of hats while Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" plays on the soundtrack. Such insistent valentines to Roberts destroy most of Ruben's momentum and the film's credibility, and the project never quite recovers. --Tom Keogh

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Sleeping With The Enemy [1990] [DVD] [DVD] (2001) Julia Roberts; Patrick Bergin

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sanitized version 23 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
WATCH OUT !! don't buy this new blu ray release of Sleeping with the enemy - released in UK this month. This BD version of the film has been censored - early sex scene between Roberts & Bergin completely removed. No warning of this tampering given - would like original version not Mary Whitehouse ( or her successor ) version. Whether I see or don't see a film will be my decision THANKS !! August 2013 MPC.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely magnificantly gripping/romantic film 8 April 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Fantastic film. I have lost count how many times I have seen it and still go back for more. Julia Roberts is excellent as usual and every time I really enjoy the ending. The film has some good music in as well - bonus !
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 15 April 2003
By "gav7h"
This film, is by far, one of the best movies ever. The acting is great, the storyline is great, and the suspense is fantastic.
Storyline: Julia Roberts plays Laura, a young, married woman, who on the surface, leads a happy life. But behind closed doors, her life is a nightmare. Her husband beats her. One night, they go sailing, and Laura falls into the water, and her husband thinks she has drowned, because she could never swim. Only, she had learned to swim, and she had not drowned. She escaped, and swam back to shore, where she gathered her things and fled. She now lives a new life, under a new identity, hoping and praying that her husband won't discover that she's alive and find her. Only, he does, and he is after her..
This film is fantastic, and I have yet to find anyone who didn't like it. If you're buying a new movie, then this is definitly one for your collection. I'd give it 100/100.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb psychological drama 11 Jun 2013
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
Miss Roberts puts in a masterful performance as a trophy wife of a wealthy man whose seemingly perfect life is blighted by her maniacally controlling and extremely violent husband. Patrick Bergen plays a horrible character in this and he does a really good job of creeping me out. Salvation comes during a boat trip in which JR dives overboard during stormy weather. It's well known that she can't swim and her husband, along with the authorities believe she's been swept out to sea. A strange quirk of fate leads her husband to discover that his wife could in fact swim, further detective work leads him to cedar falls where his ex has carved out a quiet life under an assumed identity. He stalks and eventually confronts her at home; with the threat of constant beatings returning to her life, Laura (JR) decides that only one of them will survive this encounter. This gripping thriller was a box office mega smash and resides up there with Jagged Edge, Single White Female and the Hand that Rocks the Cradle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing house 24 Aug 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film starts in the most amazing location, with a wonderful house right on a beautiful beach - and you soon realise that those surroundings are not worth what Laura (Julia Roberts) is putting up with.

She finds the courage to escape from her violent, controlling husband (Patrick Bergin), but still lives in constant fear that he will find her again. Which of course he does...................
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 28 Jan 2009
It's alright, but very different from the book that Nancy Price wrote. The place where Laura and her husband stay is not actually their home, but in fact a holiday place.
He doesn't find her ring down the toilet either, but discovers most home truths through lots of diarys she has written.
When she escapes from Martin and finds a new place, it isn't a house, but an apartment. She works as a carer down the street to pay her way.

The film is much better than the book, but the book is more realistic than the film. The film is too easy. Although I do like the romance of both characters and I do delight in her happiness. If her husband didn't come looking for her at the end, I would definitely disgruntled with it, because that creates thrill and excitement and the scary put of it you need to see.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant acting- scary 30 Sep 2001
although now obviously a little dated, this is one of my favourite films with a good story line. Julia Roberts, as always, very good in the role of the nervous and frightened wife and Patrick Bergin at his most calm, quiet yet menacing character. You anticipate what will happen next but the whole film is held together very well with a breathtaking climax.
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4.0 out of 5 stars recommended, thank you 11 July 2014
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Arrived quickly,item as described, recommended, thank you !!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Julia Roberts film
Good film in the 80's bit dated now but still enjoyable. Will never look at towels in the same way again!
Published 9 days ago by MRS A J TUCK
5.0 out of 5 stars classic film
I remember this when it was out originally - still enjoyed 24 years on!..
Published 11 days ago by K1965a
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved the film years ago & when you want to see it again, this is easy.
Published 14 days ago by Jodi Richards
1.0 out of 5 stars UK BLU RAY IS CUT
Dont buy this UK blu Ray if you have the DVD already the sex scene early on is totally missing - shame on FOX sort it out - ill be keeping the DVD the Blu Ray picture only slightly... Read more
Published 24 days ago by stephen cole
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping With The Enemy
A very haunting book hits the subject home, regarding domestic violence.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. E. A. Wake
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl power.
Excellent film with good girl-power! Love it Well packaged and promptly delivered, thanks.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Pamela A. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Timeless - Great viewing time after time!
Published 1 month ago by Mr Peter W Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good film
I really enjoyed this film and the excellent acting of the main characters. Julia Roberts excellent as usual. I recommend this film to anyone.
Published 1 month ago by Lincs lass
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary
Saw this film many years ago, then spotted it on Amazon. Thought perhaps that what scared me all those years ago, might not do so now. WRONG !!. Read more
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