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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  • Dec 25, 2014
    While You Were Sleeping is a delightful romantic holiday film that's whimsical and fun. One lonely Christmas a Chicago toll worker saves the man of her dreams (but has never met) from being run over by a subway car, and when she's mistaken for his fiancee at the hospital she's welcomed into his family. Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman lead the cast, and have great chemistry together. Bullock in particular is especially charming as a down to earth, girl next door type character. And the comedy is incredibly well-written, pulling off the farcical humor almost effortlessly. Lighthearted and full of laughs, While You Were Sleeping is a good, heartwarming family comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2013
    I'm not a huge Rom com fan but this family friendly film was very funny. Bullock was likable but Pullman steals the show with the likable brother. There are some very laugh out load moments in this unbelievable plot line. I'm a little puzzled how this film hasn't lived on as something of a modern classic for the genre. It's such a likable storyline that you are impartial to the far fetching moments of the storyline. It has been quite some time since I seen this on first release but it is one of the better films of the genre. 26-12-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    A quirky film! Different from a lot of the typical romantic dramas. Very good! Sandra Bullock is excellent!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2010
    I love Sandra Bullock's movies. They are so fun to watch. This was sweet, funny (some scenes were hilarious) and romantic. I'm not into romantic movies that much but Sandra's ones are just awesome. I hope she doesn't disappoint me in future (like the rest of my fave one did......brutally!).
    Dead A Super Reviewer

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