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While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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A hopeless 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

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 begins 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A story about love at second sight.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mientras dormías See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$81,057,016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

While Jack is playing cards with Peter in his hospital room, and Peter is still in a coma, Peter's left hand that is resting on the bed tray visibly moves. 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 »

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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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Sandra Bullock at Her Best.
6 July 2002 | by tfrizzellSee 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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