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Laura (Julia Roberts) and Martin (Patrick Bergen) have the appearance of a perfect marriage, but shortly into the film it becomes apparent that Laura's presence in their opulent home and decadent lifestyle is as decoration and servant. Moreover, Martin is obsessive, anally clean and ruling tyrannically over his wife; she lives in fear of the brutal punishment that descends when the canned goods are imperfectly lined up or the towels hang unevenly. Through an elaborate plan, Laura stages her own death and escapes to start anew in a small Iowa town, where her next door neighbor's efforts at friendship and burgeoning love slowly chip away at her armor of distrust. But just as Laura begins to relax into her new existence, her past resurfaces in a chilling climax.
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CastClaudette Nevins
DirectorJoseph Ruben
Release Date:  1991
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment (September 02, 2003)
Runtime:  1hr 39min
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review by . March 01, 2000
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Pros: good acting, good story line     Cons: husband was a horses ass     As a physically and emotionally scared woman, Julia Roberts devises a plan to leave her husband, Patrick Bergin. Pretending to hate water, unable to swim, Julia goes boating with her husband and a friend and 'accidentally' gets swept overboard. She leaves town, gets on a bus heading somewhere else, didn't matter, and ends up in Iowa. Mistake #1 - she dropped her wedding ring into the …
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