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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Daniel G. Sullivan (written by) &
Fredric LeBow (written by)
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Release Date:
21 April 1995 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A story about love at second sight.
Plot:
Ticket collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can't fool his brother Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sandra Bullock ... Lucy

Bill Pullman ... Jack

Peter Gallagher ... Peter

Peter Boyle ... Ox

Jack Warden ... Saul

Glynis Johns ... Elsie

Micole Mercurio ... Midge
Jason Bernard ... Jerry

Michael Rispoli ... Joe Jr.

Ally Walker ... Ashley Bacon

Monica Keena ... Mary
Ruth Rudnick ... Wanda

Marcia Wright ... Celeste
Dick Cusack ... Dr. Rubin
Thomas Q. Morris ... Man in Peter's Room
Bernie Landis ... Doorman
James Krag ... Dalton Clarke

Rick Worthy ... Orderly

Marc Grapey ... Intern
Joel Hatch ... Priest

Mike Bacarella ... Mr. Fusco

Peter Siragusa ... Hot Dog Vendor
Gene Janson ... Man in Church

Krista Lally ... Phyllis
Kevin Gudahl ... Cop at ICU

Ann Whitney ... Blood Donor Nurse
Margaret Travolta ... Admitting Nurse
Shea Farrell ... Ashley's Husband

Kate Reinders ... Beth

Susan Messing ... Celeste's Friend
Richard Pickren ... Lucy's Father
Megan Schaiper ... Young Lucy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dobie Maxwell ... Mailman (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Turteltaub 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Daniel G. Sullivan (written by) &
Fredric LeBow (written by)

Produced by
Steve Barron .... executive producer
Roger Birnbaum .... producer
Jonathan Glickman .... associate producer
Elaine Johnson .... associate producer
Joe Roth .... producer
Arthur M. Sarkissian .... executive producer (as Arthur Sarkissian)
Charles J.D. Schlissel .... co-producer
Susan Stremple .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Randy Edelman 
 
Cinematography by
Phedon Papamichael (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bruce Green 
 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson  (as Amanda Mackey)
Cathy Sandrich 
 
Production Design by
Garreth Stover 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Cornwell 
 
Set Decoration by
Larry Dias 
 
Costume Design by
Betsy Cox 
 
Makeup Department
Deborah K. Dee .... hair stylist (as Deborah Dee)
Whitney James .... makeup artist
Elaina P. Schulman .... key hair stylist
Pamela S. Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Jamie Sue Weiss .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Katherine E. Beyda .... production supervisor
Pat Rand .... post-production manager: Caravan Pictures
Charles J.D. Schlissel .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Franklin .... first assistant director
Aiman A. Humaideh .... second second assistant director
Sandra M. Middleton .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
David J. Chamerski .... assistant property master
Daniel B. Clancy .... lead man
William Dambra .... property master
Marcie Friedman .... art department coordinator
Harry N. Haase .... head painter
Amelia Hochberg .... assistant set decorator
Aaron C. Holden Jr. .... props assistant
Tyler Osman .... construction coordinator
Suzan Wexler .... set designer
William Allen Jr. .... set dresser (uncredited)
Paul V. Allen Sr. .... gang boss (uncredited)
Anthony Joseph Fatigato .... painter (uncredited)
Tom Osman .... laborer (uncredited)
Troy Osman .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor
James Beshears .... adr supervisor
Chris David .... sound re-recording mixer
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Joe Earle .... sound effects editor
Curt Frisk .... production sound
Ann Hadsell .... foley recordist
John Haeny .... sound effects supervisor
Robin Harlan .... foley walker
J. Paul Huntsman .... supervising sound editor
Stephen Janisz .... adr editor
Gary Lewis .... dialogue editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Monat .... foley walker
Gary Mundheim .... foley editor
Rebecca Nicolaou .... assistant sound editor
Jeanine Payne .... first assistant sound editor
Jeff Rosen .... foley supervisor (as Jeffrey Rosen)
Adam Sawelson .... dialogue editor
Blair Scheller .... boom operator
Blair Scheller .... utility sound
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
Jeffrey A. Williams .... boom operator (as Jeff Williams)
 
Special Effects by
Paul H. Anderson .... special effects foreman
Guy Clayton Jr. .... special effects coordinator
Dieter Sturm .... special effects snowmaker
Yvonne Sturm .... snowmaker (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Stephan Choiniere .... stunts
James Fierro .... stunts (as Jim Fierro)
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
Carl Paoli .... stunts
Linda Perlin .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Bertone .... electrician
Alphonse Blumenthal .... best boy electric (as Al Blumentahl)
Fernando M. Briones .... grip
Eugene F. Crededio .... gaffer: Chicago
Chris Freres .... best boy grip (as Chris J. Freres)
John P. Friday .... electrician
John Hudecek .... dolly grip
Robert Krzeminski .... grip
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera
Morgan Michael Lewis .... key grip
Anthony J. Lullo .... electrician
Hope A. Nielsen .... second assistant camera
Wally Pfister .... camera operator (as Walter Pfister)
Mark Purkart .... grip
John S. Robertson .... rigging key grip (as John Robertson)
Rafael E. Sánchez .... gaffer
Michael P. Weinstein .... still photographer
Frank Yario Jr. .... video assist
Steven Silverstein .... camera loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Rick Boynton .... casting associate: Chicago
Elizabeth Lang .... casting associate
Regina Prokop .... extras casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Guenther Durkin .... costume supervisor (as Kimberly Guenther)
Kaye Nottbusch .... set costumer
Heather Pollock .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
John Axelrad .... digital assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Mark E. Phillips .... apprentice editor
David Rennie .... first assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
John M. Vitale .... apprentice editor
Steve Kraus .... editing systems technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Elton Ahi .... consultant: musical score
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
John La Salandra .... music editor (as John Lasalandra)
Dennis S. Sands .... music recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Joseph R. Thygesen .... assistant music editor (as Joe Thygesen)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George DiLeonardi .... transportation coordinator
James Hogan .... transportation captain (as James A. Hogan)
Timothy J. Maxwell .... transportation captain
Robert Wallace .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alicia Accardo .... script supervisor
Robin E. Agron .... assistant location manager
Tony Alda .... adr voice
Newell Alexander .... adr voice
Patricia J. Amaral .... first assistant accountant
Tom Amundsen .... adr voice
Dana Armonda .... production secretary
Julian Bratolyubov .... supervising copyist
Mark Brunetz .... assistant: Ms. Bullock (as Mark H. Brunetz)
Mitch Carter .... adr voice (as Mitch David Carter)
Melissa K. Cooper .... production coordinator
Robert Dawson .... title designer
Deirdre De Tappan .... assistant: Mr. Dowd, Caravan Pictures
Ned Dowd .... head of production: Caravan Pictures
Wileen Dragovan .... assistant location manager
Sidney Edwards .... technical advisor
Ike Eisenmann .... adr voice
Elisa Gabrielli .... adr voice (as Elisa Pensler-Gabrielli)
Jack W. Haddox .... production accountant
Julie Herman .... production assistant
Peter Hollocker .... production assistant
Don J. Hug .... location manager
Adrienne King .... adr voice
Patricia S. Kingery .... assistant accountant
Marc Klein .... assistant: Mr. Turteltaub
Donna Lynn Leavy .... adr voice
Cheryl McHugh .... assistant accountant
Leslie Mikol .... production assistant
Mary Mooney .... assistant: Ms. Stremple
Tawny Moyer .... adr voice
Gerald F. Nichols .... production assistant
Rosemary Orlando .... assistant production coordinator
Kim Plant .... assistant: Mr. Roth, Caravan Pictures
Dennis Tufano .... adr voice
Marlena Wilkens .... assistant: Mr. Birnbaum, Caravan Pictures
Braden Wright .... unit publicist
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice
Lauren Lloyd .... studio executive (uncredited)
Moira Michiels .... extras coordinator (uncredited)
Sian Rees-Cleland .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Charles Geocaris .... special thanks (as Charlie Geocaris)
Mike Himelstein .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated PG for some language
Runtime:
103 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The role of Lucy was written for Demi Moore. Sandra Bullock took the role, saying she could relate to it having just broken up from a four year relationship.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the movie, the camera pans by the stocking the Callaghans make for Lucy, one time, her name is written in WHITE puffy paint; the next time, it is written in BLACK puffy paint.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.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sleepy Heads (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
WINTER WONDERLANDSee more »

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A Charming Movie About Misunderstanding, 25 September 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

Sandra Bullock is a working girl who wants to travel. She has no family, and is usually stuck doing holiday shifts in the Chicago transit system (as a toll booth clerk on the elevated railway). She has noted one man who uses the station all the time (Peter Gallagher), and rescues him when he is thrown onto the train tracks just before a train comes into the station. Gallagher is in a coma and (due to a well-intentioned nurse) Bullock is introduced to the family of Gallagher as his fiancé. She tries to tell them the truth, but when she learns his grandmother (Glynis Johns) has a heart problem she hesitates. Soon she is treated as a member of this nice family as a member (well, she did save Gallagher, and she is thought to be his fiancé). Only his brother (Bill Pullman) has real doubts, and keeps mentioning them (and keeps apologizing for them. Bullock and Pullman find that they are also growing more attracted to each other. The film shows how these problems are resolved. And it is all done in a most charming manner.

This is one of those films that would take only a few minutes to quickly resolve in the real world, where Bullock would have told the truth early on. But the audience is allowed to suspend it's disbelief because the characters are uniformly likable. Although Jack (Pullman) is constantly questioning Bullock's story, each time she gives a plausible explanation of what is going on, and Pullman likes her enough to accept these explanations. The only one who knows the truth is the family friend Sam (Jack Warden) and he too feels that the news has to be broken carefully (he loves the family and doesn't want them hurt). Oddly enough his one effort at meddling almost screws up the situation in the film for Bullock, Pullman, and Gallagher. Pullman also faces the truth and explains to his father (Peter Boyle) that he doesn't want to continue in the family business. Boyle's reaction becomes important too.

The performances are flawless, and one finds oneself rooting for most of the cast (the sole exception is the actress playing "Ashley", Peter Galagher's actual girl friend). Her opposite number, "Joe Jr." is too comic a figure to dislike (in fact, at one point he thinks Pullman is annoying Bullock and offers to take care of him - not the act of a rat at all). For a sweet, lovable love tale WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING is hard to top. In the last decade only WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, WORKING GIRL, PRETTY WOMAN, NOTTING HILL, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, and YOU'VE GOT MAIL are on par with it, but the family becomes so important to Bullock in the plot this has a special warmth in it that is quite is different from most of the others.

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