While You Were Sleeping

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While You Were Sleeping is built wholly from familiar ingredients, but assembled with such skill -- and with such a charming performance from Sandra Bullock -- that it gives formula a good name.



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This offbeat romantic comedy has some rather dark underpinnings that add, rather than detract from the fun. It is the story of Lucy, an extremely lonely young woman who works as a toll-taker for the Chicago Transit Authority. She is secretly in love with a handsome stranger in a camel-hair coat who passes by her every day but never even says hello to her. Just before Christmas, she is at work when she sees her "love" pushed, mugged and shoved off the train platform. Without hesitation she leaps down to pull the unconscious fellow out of the path of a speeding train. Later in the hospital, a series of complex misunderstandings occur and the woman is mistaken for the man's fiancee. As he is deeply comatose, Lucy goes along with it, much to the delight of the man's loud, dysfunctional family. Lucy has no real family, and she is happy to be a part of his strange brood. To make sure she stays, she decides to take certain liberties with her sleeping husband-to-be. Meanwhile, she and the patient's brother find themselves drawn to each other.

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Sandra Bullock
as Lucy Moderatz
Bill Pullman
as Jack Callahan
Peter Gallagher
as Peter Callahan
Peter Boyle
as Ox Callahan
Jack Warden
as Saul Tuttle
Micole Mercurio
as Midge Callahan
Jason Bernard
as Jerry Wallace
Ally Walker
as Ashley Bacon
Dick Cusack
as Dr. Rubin
Thomas Q Morris
as Man in Peter's Room
James Krag
as Dalton Clarke
Dick Worthy
as Orderly
Thomas Morris
as Man in Peter's Room
Joel Hatch
as Priest
Mike Bacarella
as Mr. Fusco
Peter Siragusa
as Hot Dog Vendor
Gene Janson
as Man in Chuch
Krista Lally
as Phyllis
Kevin Gudahl
as Cop at ICU
Ann Whitney
as Blood Donor Nurse
Margaret Travolta
as Admitting Nurse
Shea Farrell
as Ashely's Husband
Susan Messing
as Celeste's Friend
Richard Pickren
as Lucy's Father
Megan Schaiper
as Young Lucy
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It's cheesy, ridiculous and formulaic. Everything you want in a rom-com.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

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An ok early Rom-Com starring Sandra Bullock. It's cheesy and predictable but it has a certain likability about it nevertheless.

Dean King
Dean King

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A quirky film! Different from a lot of the typical romantic dramas. Very good! Sandra Bullock is excellent!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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The key to this movie was Bill Pullman and Sanda Bullock clicking on such a natural level. They made the movie feel right. I love this movie. Im a sappy guy so this is a winner for me. One of my favorite romantic comedies.

John Manard
John Manard

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