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While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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

Director:

Jon Turteltaub

Writers:

Daniel G. Sullivan, Fredric Lebow (as Fredric LeBow)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ruth Rudnick ... Wanda
Marcia Wright ... Celeste
Dick Cusack Dick Cusack ... Dr. Rubin
Thomas Q. Morris ... Man in Peter's Room
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Storyline

Nursing a secret and hopeless crush on the handsome commuter who passes her booth every day, the charming loner and Chicago "L" ticket seller, Lucy, is about to have a second chance at love. During one seemingly ordinary Christmas shift, Lucy witnesses the object of her desire falling off the platform, and in one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions, she saves him from certain death, only to be mistaken for his fiancée at the hospital. As Lucy enjoys the unexpected stroke of good luck, unable to tell the truth to his welcoming family, unforeseen romantic affairs further complicate matters. Now, the comatose patient's suspicious brother, Jack, thinks he's onto something. Will Lucy face the consequences of what happened while the beautiful stranger was sleeping? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A story about love at second sight.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Michael Rispoli has played several Joe/Joey's in his career, starting with Joe Jr. here, moving through Joey T in Summer of Sam (1999) and Joey in Black Irish (2007), eventually growing to Big Joe in Kick-Ass (2010). See more »

Goofs

The Chicago River is various levels of frozen throughout the movie. During the opening credits, it is nearly entirely frozen over. During scenes of Lucy buying hot dogs or walking home with Jack, all of the ice is melted. See more »

Quotes

Orderly: Excuse me. Got some Jello for you today.
Peter: Do I like Jello?
Midge Callaghan: Yum.
Ox Callahan: Mmm.
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Alternate Versions

In the video release, the scene when Jack offers to drive Lucy to Celeste's party is shortened. When shown in theaters, you see them get into the truck, drive less than a block, and then get back out. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Get Shorty/Now and Then/Mallrats (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Wherever I Would Be
Written by Diane Warren
Performed by Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
Arranged By Tom Shapiro and Walter Afanasieff
Produced by Walter Afanasieff
Courtesy of Columbia Records
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A Sleepy Little Slice of Bullock
22 September 2005 | by BogmeisterSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coma Guy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,288,915, 23 April 1995

Gross USA:

$81,057,016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$182,057,016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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