Please help me to identify this movie's name:

The good guy finds an excellent woman. Everything is perfect until he discovers that nobody knows her in her alleged hometown. He secretly travels to her hometown to look for the traces of her but nobody knows her picture. He becomes suspicious and continues to do research about her.

Eventually, the good guy marries her (she is very clever). After a while she behaves differently, aggressively, doing absolutelly nothing good for the relationship. The guy is desperate and tries to discuss it with his best friend all the time. Later on his wife increases the humiliation and reveals she cheats him with his best friend all the time and telling that his friend is better in sex, bigger everywhere, laughing at him etc. The guy gets totally depressed as his wife increases the pressure all the time.

Then she pretends that her husband abuses her and the court decides that the good guy must undergo psychiatric detention. It is a trap set on him by his wife and ex-friend to get his wealth and take over his business. By the power of money and her personal charm everybody suddenly betrays the good guy and it seems he will spend the rest of his life institutionalized among the psychiatrically ill people while his wife bribes everybody around him and is enjoying the high-life with his ex-friend.

The good guy is considered as mentally unfit, locked forever but he comes with an idea to pay them back. His wife needs to finish the take-over of his business and she visits him at the psychiatric detention to prove something for the court purposes. Good guy is prepared, pretends that he is "cured" properly. It is his wife who is in trap now. The good guy kills her (choke) in the detention garden behind the tree as a revenge (as mentally unfit = free of charge). Then the movie shows the happy-end as the good guy is considered by a psychiatrists' comittee as becoming "healthy", soon to be released.

The movie could be US/UK/CAN/AUS origin, it is from 80s/90s. I saw it in a TV cca 15 years ago.

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    Welcome to Movies&TV. This question contains plot details, which is a good thing. However, do you also remember release year, language, country? Add them as well so that it can help identify this movie.
    – A J
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 12:40
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    Could the down voter explain their reasons for the down vote? Although lacking in some peripheral detail, I don't understand why it deserved one. Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 13:47

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The film you're looking for is called Dream Lover starring James Spader.

This 1993 film tells the story of a business man who finds the perfect wife, but she's not what she seems. He gets suspicious and tries to find out more about her. I do believe he visits her hometown at one point and no one recognises her.

I have also found the trailer which shows him asking questions, a scene of being taken away by police and other plot points that match your question.

Ending details:

After Ray convinces one of his friends to tell Lena that she has made a mistake in her "master plan", Lena shows up at his birthday party to talk to him. Ray lures her away from the attendants who are supposed to be supervising him and tells her that having him declared insane was the "mistake" because he could not be held legally accountable for killing her. He then chokes her to death on the lawn.

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    Commented Oct 8, 2016 at 1:33
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