Sleeping with the Enemy

Sleeping with the Enemy

Joseph Ruben (1991)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Fatal Attraction is turned on its head, with the obsessive here being a husband who just won't let his wife go. Julia Roberts plays the abused spouse, who stages her own death to escape a marriage from hell with Patrick Bergin. She begins her life anew and meets nice Kevin Anderson, but her crazed husband is never far behind. This was Roberts's bid for grittier material and she acquits herself rather well, while Bergin relishes his role as the bad guy. Director Joseph Ruben established his reputation with this sort of thriller, and, although he never attains the scare factor of his earlier The Stepfather, he still manages some chilling sequences, but too few to really sustain the interest throughout.


An emotionally abused wife fakes her own death to escape her violent, obsessional husband. She moves to a new town and starts a new life under an assumed identity. However, her brutal spouse realises she is still alive and resolves to hunt her down. Thriller, starring Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson and Elizabeth Lawrence.

Cast & Crew

Laura Burney / Sara Waters Julia Roberts
Martin Burney Patrick Bergin
Ben Woodward Kevin Anderson
Chloe Elizabeth Lawrence
Fleishman Kyle Secor
Dr Rissner Claudette Nevins
Locke Tony Abatemarco
Julie Marita Geraghty
Garber Harley Venton
Woman on bus Nancy Fish
Edna Sandi Shackelford
Mrs Nepper Bonnie Cook
Minister Graham Harrington
Straw-haired boy John David Ward
Sharon Sharon J Robinson
Director Joseph Ruben
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and flashing images. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray