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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Julia Roberts and Patrick Bergin give outstanding performances in this outstanding THRILLER. In fact, we have repeatively watched this film since it came out in 1991. Wonderful settings enhance the movie even more. Highly recommend you see this movie!
Personally, I believe that "Sleeping with the Enemy" is the only brillant movie of the 1990s that deals with the topic of domestic abuse very well. This movie is truly original in the way how it truly defines and deals with the issue of physical, mental, and emotional abuse within a horrid marriage out of convenience. This is the best movie I have seen in terms of its presentation and interpretation of domestic abuse and how to really deal with it no matter at what cost. Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, and Kevin Anderson, etc. all delivered a very good, overall performance throughout this movie. With time (hopefully), this movie should truly be considered a classic of all time in terms of how it presents the issue of domestic abuse and how to deal with it. I would DEFINITELY recommend this movie to others of an AGE-APPROPRIATE AUDIENCE.