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While You Were Sleeping (1995)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 April 1995 (USA)
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Ticket collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can't fool his brother


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Man in Peter's Room


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 <>

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A story about love at second sight.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mientras dormías  »

Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)


£4,534,913 (UK) (15 September 1995)

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1.85 : 1
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The monitor in the ICU shows Peter's blood pressure to be 29/11, not sustainable for life and his heart rate is 80, too high for a coma. The line showing his heart rate is also flat which is what happens when the heart stops beating. See more »


Jack: Tell me about your dad, what was he like?
Lucy: He was a lot like me, brown hair, flat chest.
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Written and Performed by KoKo Taylor
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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A Sleepy Little Slice of Bullock
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This was the picture which proved things could be all about Sandra Bullock. "Speed" - one year earlier - showed this. This picture proved it. A lot of people nowadays make fun of a typical Bullock picture and speak of her as negligible in this day and age. They probably forget or were never aware that she was hailed as America's new sweetheart back in '95 and it was no idle chatter. There are very few actresses who can carry a picture on their own slight shoulders - I mean, really make it a success. Sure, Bill Pullman helped, but this really was Sandra all the way, in a sappy, soapy, cliché-ridden slight story of sudden romance usually very hard to buy into. But because Sandra is there on the screen throughout nearly every frame, it all works out, and you're rooting for her happiness in the final few minutes even knowing very well what is about to happen. It's like you've seen it all before, but Sandra makes you want to see it again. We are all very fortunate, those of us who have seen this story, that it was Sandra in the central role and not someone like (shudder) Demi Moore. And if a guy is really fortunate, he may meet someone like Sandra in real life.

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