Cruise plays Dr. Bill Hartford in this erotic thriller by Stanley Kubrick. When Dr. Hartford discovers his wife’s sexual fantasies, he sets out on a quest to quench his own desires. He finds himself skirting the edges of an elite secret society that wishes to remain that way. After many close calls, and disturbing situations he finally abandons his quest and confesses himself to his wife. Co-starring Nicole Kidman as Alice Hartford and Sydney Pollack and LeeLee Sobieski
People thought that making the film was the beginning of the end of my marriage, but I don’t really think it was. Tom and I were close then, and it was very much the three of us. Onscreen, the husband and wife are at odds, and Stanley wanted to use our marriage as a supposed reality. That was Stanley: He used the movie as provocation, pretending it was our sex life — which we weren’t oblivious to, but obviously it wasn’t us. We both decided to dedicate ourselves to a great filmmaker and artist.