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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 <gt4250a@prism.gatech.edu>

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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 director had considered Jami Gertz for the role of Lucy. See more »


After Jack's truck is blocked in, he and Lucy both have to walk home from Peter's apartment. But we know from earlier that Peter's car is parked at his apartment and Lucy has the keys. They could have used Peter's car to get home. See more »


Lucy: I have a house, and family, and things like that... not like I'm complaining or anything, because I have a cat, I have an apartment, sole possession of the remote control. That's very important. It's just, I never met anyone I could laugh with.
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References Gunsmoke (1955) See more »


Music by Felix Bernard
Lyrics by Richard B. Smith (as Dick Smith)
Performed by The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Courtesy of Laserlight Digital
by arrangement with Source/Q
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Sandra Bullock at Her Best.
6 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lovely little film that has the lonely Sandra Bullock admiring high-class businessman Peter Gallagher from afar in her toll booth on the subway. Then one day he is attacked by a couple of muggers and Bullock saves his life by getting him to the hospital. Naturally Gallagher is in a comatose state after the attack. A true misunderstanding makes it appear that Bullock is Gallagher's fiance and typical confusion ensues. Now Gallagher's family all believe that Bullock really is his woman. Gallagher's brother (Bill Pullman) is suspicious though, but slowly starts to believe Bullock as well. He then starts to fall in love with her and vice versa. A great romantic comedy that is so pure and well-made that it is near impossible to say anything negative about it. It is not a perfect film, but it is a very likeable movie that delivers what it promises. 4 stars out of 5.

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