Wilmington, NCMovie & Television
Filming Locations

Patrick Burgin

Martin and Laura’s Seaside Cape Cod House (Demolished)

I assumed this was Figure Eight Island, which is on the opposite side of the channel from the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach where Shell Island Resort is. Source on IMDb and elsewhere claim it is at Shell Island Resort, but it’s not—or maybe it is. I don’t know, there is a lot of conflicting information. It’s near, but you can’t access Figure Eight Island anyway as it’s private property, so it’s the closest you can get in public areas.

I did some digging on this and found a wonderful article written up which explains so very much more than I could have hoped, and provides real amazing information such as that the production built the house from scratch for this movie, but only half of the house. The two following photos are from someone named Mike who provided it to the

Found on hookedonhouses.netLooks like a nice place
Found on hookedonhouses.netThe truth is revealed

This is similar to how Under the Dome build a house which catches fire, but it’s only a fa├žade with walls missing and no insides. At least with this structure in Sleeping with the Enemy, the interiors were within the half of a house.

According to the article linked above, the production demolished the structure and removed all traces of it once the production was completed. What I do know from living in this area a while is that at one time the ocean was hitting Shell Island Resort when the tide came in, and it was closed until a dredging operation could be done to rebuild the northern end of Wrightsville Beach. I remember going to the roundabout and the channel waters were feet from the road. Now, it’s extended outward quite far and the Shell Island Resort is open again. With that said, the area that they build the structure could have turned in to the channel at some point.

Who knows.

Cedar Falls, Iowa

When Laura (Julia Roberts) sneaks off to a new life, she sets up in a small town in Iowa and assumes a new identity as Sara. There she meets a better, but aggressively forceful, man Ben (Kevin Anderson) which makes her uneasy with everything she’s been through with her abusive husband Martin (Patrick Burgin).

At this location, there are establishing shots, as well as a parade scene. This is not in Wilmington, nor in Iowa, rather it is a small town in South Carolina named Abbeville, some 250 miles due west as-the-crow-flies. It’s much closer to Atlanta, Georgia, which is some 115 miles west of Abbeville.

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