MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 152 this week

While You Were Sleeping (1995)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  21 April 1995 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 60,887 users   Metascore: 67/100
Reviews: 177 user | 56 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

Ticket collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can't fool his brother

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 26 Mar 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 04 Sep 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 14 Sep 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 24 Jun 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 25 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: While You Were Sleeping (1995)

While You Were Sleeping (1995) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of While You Were Sleeping.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A lawyer decides that she's used too much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.

Director: Marc Lawrence
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Grant, Alicia Witt
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two business rivals hate each other at the office but fall in love over the internet.

Director: Nora Ephron
Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

Director: Donald Petrie
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A recently widowed man's son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Director: Nora Ephron
Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When a woman's long-time friend says he's engaged, she realizes she loves him herself... and sets out to get him, with only days before the wedding.

Director: P.J. Hogan
Stars: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz
Runaway Bride (1999)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A reporter is assigned to write a story about a woman who has left a string of fiances at the altar.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, Joan Cusack
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The wry, comic romantic tale follows the Owens sisters, Sally and Gillian, as they struggle to use their hereditary gift for practical magic to overcome the obstacles in discovering true love.

Director: Griffin Dunne
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing
French Kiss (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline, Timothy Hutton
Hope Floats (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Birdee Calvert must choose between her morals and her heart after her husband divorces her and a charming young man, who her daughter disapproves of, comes back into her life.

Director: Forest Whitaker
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., Gena Rowlands
The Net (1995)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A computer programmer stumbles upon a conspiracy, putting her life and the lives of those around her in great danger.

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Northam, Dennis Miller
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A lonely doctor who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its former resident, a frustrated architect. They must try to unravel the mystery behind their extraordinary romance before it's too late.

Director: Alejandro Agresti
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer
Pretty Woman (1990)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Jason Alexander
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Jack
...
Peter
...
Ox
...
...
Elsie
...
Jason Bernard ...
Jerry
...
Joe Jr.
...
Ashley Bacon
...
Mary
Ruth Rudnick ...
Wanda
...
Celeste
Dick Cusack ...
Dr. Rubin
Thomas Q. Morris ...
Man in Peter's Room
Edit

Storyline

Lucy's life consists of constant loneliness that is until she saves Peter's life. Now she is a part of his family, and with a strong heart and fate on her side, others begin to realize what a terrific person she is, especially Jack, Peter's brother. An extraordinarily true-to-life sequence of events begin to take place as Lucy and Jack become closer and learn more about each other and themselves than one would ever expect from such coincidental, yet believable events. Written by Michael Lee Pollock <gt4250a@prism.gatech.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A story about love at second sight.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mientras dormías  »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£4,534,913 (UK) (15 September 1995)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The original screenplay was about a woman in a coma and a man pretending to be her fiancé. Many studio executives thought this to be too predatory, but one suggested reversing the roles. Once the script was rewritten, the movie was picked up by Hollywood Pictures. See more »

Goofs

When Peter is in hospital in ICU, he is wearing nasal prongs delivering oxygen. He is breathing on his own. The sound track has the sound of a mechanical ventilator. See more »

Quotes

Saul: So, do you have any family?
Lucy: My mom died when I was really little and a couple of years ago my dad got sick so we moved from Indiana so he could go to research hospital.
Saul: Research. Another word for very expensive.
Lucy: Yeah, I had to quit school and I started working for the CTA and about a year ago he decided he had had enough research and he passed away.
See more »

Connections

References The Alamo (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

This Never Happened Before
Written and Performed by Paul McCartney
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Ephronesque" and Endearing
8 September 2002 | by (Salem, Oregon) – See all my reviews

A sweet and gentle, romantic film about how love sometimes slips in through the window rather than coming straight in through the front door, it's the one that put star Sandra Bullock into contention with Meg Ryan for the crown of America's Sweetheart. And with good reason, because in `While You Were Sleeping,' directed by Jon Turteltaub, Bullock emerges as the epitome of the modern day `girl next door,' in the best and most sincere sense. This is a film that explores one of the basic tenets of the human condition, the need to love and be loved, and makes no bones about what it's trying to accomplish along the way. Clearly, the filmmakers want to make you feel good and entertain you at the same time. And they succeed on both fronts.

Lucy Moderatz (Bullock) lives alone in Chicago, where she has an apartment, a cat and a job with the CTA as a token taker for the train. Her life is fairly uncomplicated and uneventful (read: Dull), and the one thing she looks forward to in her daily grind is seeing a certain young gentleman who rides the train everyday and always passes through her toll booth. She's doesn't even know his name, and they've never exchanged so much as a `Good morning,' but in her mind he's become the Prince Charming she's always dreamed about.

Then on Christmas morning he passes through, but while waiting on the platform for the train he gets mugged and falls onto the tracks, unconscious. And a train is coming. Lucy runs to his aid and saves his life, but the severe head trauma he's sustained has put him in a coma. At the hospital, they refuse to let her in to see him, as that is a privilege reserved for family members only; so in desperation she tells them that she is his fiancee, which does the trick. But when his family-- his rather `large' family-- shows up, her ruse creates something of a sticky wicket. Everything is moving so fast and becoming so emotional that Lucy simply can't get in a word of explanation. The next thing she knows, to the family she is their beloved Peter's (Peter Gallagher) intended (even though he's never said a word to them about her), and because the situation is so frantic and there's such concern about Peter, besides which it's Christmas, Lucy can't bring herself to tell them the truth. So in an instant, her life is suddenly changed; she's surrounded by `family,' and she's `engaged' to her Prince Charming. Even if he is, well...in a coma.

Turteltaub has crafted and delivered a thoroughly engaging film in the tradition of Nora Ephron's `You've Got Mail' (the second best romantic comedy ever made) and `Sleepless In Seattle.' He sets a perfect pace, and presents his endearingly eclectic assemblage of characters in the best possible way-- he makes you feel at home with them. Most importantly, though, Turteltaub manages to make this a `sweet' film without being `saccharin' about it, which would have sunk it quicker than a deflated rubber raft in an undertow. Instead, he pulls out all the right stops to make his film entirely Ephronesque and entertaining, and it works beautifully. The humor is warm, and as the story moves along he builds upon that strong sense of `need' that is universal, then triumphs by satisfying that need in the end.

Sandra Bullock has never been more winning or winsome than she is here; there's a special quality about her Lucy that makes you want to reach out to her. She is, without question, the most vulnerable character Bullock has ever played. There is very little of Annie (`Speed') or Gracie (`Miss Congeniality'), for example, about her; the closest to Lucy of any of her characters, in fact, would be Birdee in `Hope Floats.' That is not to say there is anything `weak' about Lucy at all-- quite the contrary, in fact. There is a decided strength in the very benevolence of Lucy's nature, even in the way she wears her heart on her sleeve and especially inasmuch as she is not afraid to admit to herself what she really wants and needs. This is an independent woman who accepts and meets any and all challenges of life, but keeps an open mind and, above all, an open heart. And that is what makes Lucy so endearing; she's the one who brings a cake to the office to share with her co-workers for no other reason than the fact that it makes the world and everybody in it a little bit better. That's what Bullock brings to her performance here, and it's what makes Lucy one of her most enduring and memorable characters.

As for sliding in through the window rather than coming through the front door, that's exactly what Bill Pullman does with his portrayal of Peter's brother, Jack Callaghan. He's the one who shows up after the fact, as it were, but very quickly makes a connection and ingratiates himself with the audience. Initially, Jack seems to be playing the role of devil's advocate, his suspicions aroused by the fact that Peter has never mentioned Lucy to him; but that begins to change with some very subtle undertones that prove to be extremely effective. And Pullman does a terrific job of developing his character in real time, which makes Jack convincing, and a piece of the puzzle that fits in perfectly. A `character actor' type leading man, Pullman has a resume filled with varied and colorful characters, but Jack is his most engaging role ever, and he succeeds entirely with it.

The wonderful supporting cast includes Jack Warden (Saul), Peter Boyle (Ox), Micole Mercurio (Midge), Michael Rispoli (Joey) and the wonderful Glynis Johns, as beautiful and charming as ever as Elsie. Warm and poignant, `While You Were Sleeping' is one to savor; this one's a keeper. (BTW, the #1 romantic comedy? Bonnie Hunt's `Return To Me'). 10/10.


58 of 73 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why was she leaving her job? borninthewrongcentury
Jack or Peter eternalpony
Bill Pullman crush bnbailey-1
Gotta ask... kid falling off the bike... giggleslaughs
Why do you love this movie? hula_girl
Favorite Scene? center_stage425
Discuss While You Were Sleeping (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?