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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 shot of the boy delivering newspapers early in the film was supposed to show him successfully throwing three papers before cutting to the house with Lucy waking up. He fell on the first take while throwing his second paper, breaking his wrist. The director opted to add the shot in the final cut of the film. See more »


When Lucy and Jack are slipping on the ice, the "ice" bends. Also, you can see the knee pads underneath Jack's jeans. See more »


Nurse Wanda: Next time you're talking to yourself, tell yourself you're single and end the conversation!
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Referenced in The Middle: While You Were Sleeping (2015) See more »


Written by Chuck Jackson (as Charles Jackson) and Marvin Yancy
Performed by Natalie Cole
Courtesy of Capitol Records
under license from CEMA Special Markets
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A Sleepy Little Slice of Bullock
22 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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