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While You Were Sleeping (1995)

A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.

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Peter
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Elsie
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Midge
Jason Bernard ...
Jerry
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Joe Jr.
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Ashley Bacon
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Mary
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Wanda
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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>

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A story about love at second sight.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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21 April 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mientras dormías  »

Box Office

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$81,057,016 (USA)
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Trivia

The Callahans' house is located in LaGrange, a suburb of Chicago. See more »

Goofs

In the scene at the party where Jack tries to stop Lucy from drinking spiked punch, she puts her hair behind her ear at the start of the talk about the punch, but in the cuts that follow, it alternates between being behind her ear, and covering her ear. See more »

Quotes

Elsie: I don't drink anymore... I don't drink any less, either!
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MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS
Written and Performed by KoKo Taylor
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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So sweet it's almost delectable!
9 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You have to be THE most die-hard, unrelenting cynic not to enjoy this movie. I love it when television networks play this film around wintertime because for some reason it doesn't suit any other time of year. In winter you like to have a comfort zone and this film is it!

It tells the story of lonely singleton Lucy who daydreams of better things while working at a ticket booth and drooling over the secret crush of a local commuter (Peter Gallagher) One morning she saves him from a coming train and while he lies comatose she gets reluctantly cosy with his family. The deceit is understandable and by no means menacing, as it's Christmas the younger brother Jack (Bill Pullman) returns home and subsequently falls for Lucy.

While you were sleeping is beautiful and sweet in so many ways: You are reminded of the more old-fashioned romances of the 40's and 50's. There is not one hint of sexuality or lust in this as the love blossoms between Jack & Lucy is honest, pure and all together endearing.

We all relate to Lucy on some level (a dream trip to Paris, Rome or in this case Florence) So it's hopeful to us all when she gets her happy ending. I absolutely loved it!


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