While You Were Sleeping

April 21st, 1995


While You Were Sleeping

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Ticket collecting romantic pretends to be engaged to an unconscious man but can't fool his brother

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 6.5/10 (34,446 voted)

Critic's Score: 67/100

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher

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.

Writers: Daniel G. Sullivan, Fredric LeBow

Sandra Bullock - Lucy Eleanor Moderatz
Bill Pullman - Jack Callaghan
Peter Gallagher - Peter Callaghan
Peter Boyle - Ox Callaghan
Jack Warden - Saul
Glynis Johns - Elsie
Micole Mercurio - Midge Callaghan
Jason Bernard - Jerry Wallace
Michael Rispoli - Joe 'Joey' Fusco, Jr.
Ally Walker - Ashley Bartlett Bacon
Monica Keena - Mary Callaghan
Ruth Rudnick - Wanda
Marcia Wright - Celeste
Dick Cusack - Dr. Rubin
Thomas Q. Morris - Man in Peter's Room

Taglines: A story about love at second sight.

Release Date: 21 April 1995

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $182,100,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

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

Continuity: When Lucy arrives at the hospital directly after the accident, her hair is wavy-curly in one shot, and noticeably straighter in the next.

Ox Callahan: Jesus Christ, Jack, you're running the business.
Jack: That's something I'd like to talk to you about.
Midge Callaghan: Talk about that later ok?
Mary Callaghan: Talk about it now, he can't kill you in church.

User Review

So sweet it's almost delectable!


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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