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The original screenplay was about a woman in a coma and a man pretending to be her fiancé. Many studio executives thought this to be too predatory, but one suggested reversing the roles. Once the script was rewritten, the movie was picked up by Hollywood Pictures.
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.
At the Callaghans' Christmas party, Glynis Johns says, "I don't drink anymore. I don't drink any less, either!" Co-star Jack Warden, who was also in that scene, delivered the same line 31 years earlier in a Season 1 episode of "Bewitched" (1964) ("It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog").
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.
Images of the world and Sleeping Beauty recur in the film: the young version of Lucy in the beginning is being read "Sleeping Beauty" by her father (the film is a role reversal of "Sleeping Beauty": Peter is the beauty, and Lucy the Prince); Lucy has a globe in her apartment (visible after talking to Jack), and of course the gift of her mother to her father, the light up globe lamp recurs as well.
The word "fiancée" has three acceptable pronunciations in English according to Webster, with the stress on the first, second, or final syllable. In the initial hospital room scene where the Callaghans discover Peter in a coma and meet Lucy, all three pronunciations of the word are given, and in consecutive order as far as the syllables. Nurse: "She's his FIancée!" Midge: "His fiANcée"? Doctor (a few lines later, to intern): "She's the fianCEE, you idiot!"
A then-unknown Matthew McConaughey tested for the role of Jack, but was dropped because of his Texas accent. The director rejected offers to cast Russell Crowe in the same role.
Julia Roberts turned down the role of Lucy Moderatz.
Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman have both played a parent to actress Mae Whitman in other movies, Hope Floats (1998) and Independence Day (1996), respectfully.
The Callahans' house is located in LaGrange, a suburb of Chicago.
James Spader and Dylan McDermott were considered for the role of Jack Callaghan.
Nicole Kidman auditioned to play Lucy.
Harrison Ford and Geena Davis were initially offered this film.
Some of the gifts at the Callaghans' Christmas party: Lucy gets a sweater; Ox, a cordless glue gun; Mary, an appointment to get her ears pierced and diamond earring studs to go in them.
Chris Columbus was at one point considered to direct.
Bill Pullman and Peter Gallagher also appeared together in 1993's Malice, alongside Nicole Kidman and Alec Baldwin.
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The director had considered Jami Gertz for the role of Lucy.
The film wasn't originally supposed to be a Christmas movie. The studio wanted it set during the holidays as it would be easier to sell.
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Was initially supposed to be set in Brooklyn.
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Patrick Swayze was considered to play Jack when Demi Moore was in negotiations to play Lucy.
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Pierce Brosnan was considered for the role of Jack.
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Dennis Quaid was considered for the role of Jack.
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The film's working title was Coma Guy.
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When Jack and Peter are 'playing' 7 card stud poker (Peter is still in a coma .. Jack is dealing cards for both of them), Jack's winning cards are the 'dead man's hand' .. aces over eights.
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In the wedding scene in the hospital, the organist is longtime Comiskey Park - home of the Chicago White Sox - organist Nancy Faust.
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