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While You Were Sleeping

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You'll fall in love with WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, the hit romantic comedy that woke everyone up to adorable Sandra Bullock (SPEED, A TIME TO KILL). As Lucy, a lonely subway worker, she becomes smitten with a handsome stranger (Peter Gallagher -- MALICE). But when she saves his life after he's been mugged and fallen into a coma, his hilariously offbeat family mistakes her for his fiancee! Soon, the mix-ups escalate as Lucy fabricates a life between herself and a man she's never met! And when Lucy falls for his charming brother (Bill Pullman -- INDEPENDENCE DAY) the situation really gets uproarious as she's forced to make a choice between the two!

If you don't mind a heavy dose of schmaltz and sentiment, this romantic comedy has a gentle way of seducing you with its charms. While You Were Sleeping was the first starring role for Sandra Bullock after her blockbuster success in Speed. In a role that nicely emphasizes her easygoing appeal, Bullock is the reason the movie works at all. She plays Lucy Eleanor Moderatz, a Chicago Transit tollbooth clerk who's hopelessly smitten with a daily commuter, Peter Callaghan (Peter Gallagher). She saves the object of her affection from certain death after he's mugged and falls onto the train tracks. While Peter is in a coma, she lets his family believe that she is his fiancée, and surprisingly finds herself drawn to his brother (Bill Pullman), for whom the attraction is definitely mutual. How Lucy gets out of this amorous predicament is what makes this pleasant movie less predictable than its familiar ingredients would initially indicate. It's feel-good fluff, with characters and performances that keep you smiling through the drippy plot mechanics. --Jeff Shannon

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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Glynis Johns
  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Writers: Daniel G. Sullivan & Fredric LeBow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hollywood Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 1998
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (813 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304765266
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "While You Were Sleeping" on IMDb

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140 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Fowler VINE VOICE on August 31, 2004
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For her work after "Speed" my brother began referring to Sandra Bullock as "Queen of the Chick Flicks", and I won't disagree, although some of her films work much better for members of both sexes than others. "While You Were Sleeping" is an entertaining film for Guys and Dolls, and it works in repeated viewings.

Sandra portrays Lucy Moderatz, who takes tolls on the L train in Chicago and from afar has an obsessive crush on the handsome, well-dressed Peter Callaghan, played by Peter Gallagher. The audience must willingly accept that someone as likable and attractive as Sandra Bullock is stuck in a dead-end job where she is lonely and works all the holidays because, after all, she doesn't have anyone to share them with. The movie doesn't give you much time to dwell on this because before you know it, Peter is getting mugged and knocked off Lucy's train station platform where he falls unconscious onto the path of a rapidly approaching train. Not surprisingly, Lucy jumps down and pulls the man of her dreams to safety. Lucy then follows the comatose Peter to the hospital where a nurse overhears Lucy in one of her daydreams say "this is the man I'm going to marry" - which naturally leads the nurse to think that Lucy and Peter are engaged when, in fact, the only words that have passed between them are when Peter paused to say "Merry Christmas" as he dropped his token into Lucy's toll booth.

Peter's wonderful family arrives and the misunderstanding of Lucy as Peter's fiancee is perpetuated. Lucy could have cleared up the whole misunderstanding from the first moments but:
1. Peter's family is wonderful and Lucy is lonely.
2. Peter's grandmother has a "heart condition" and Lucy fears that telling the truth may send Grandma over the edge.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Robin C. on April 18, 2003
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While You Were Sleeping is one of my favorite movies of all time. I must have watched the DVD at least 20 times. My husband is getting a little tired of it, but there are nights when I tell him, "It's either this or 'Babe'!" From the opening scene, there is something sweetly philosophical about this movie, and Sandra Bullock has never been more appealing as a funny, klutzy girl who never makes it out of Chicago. (Of course, Sandra Bullock playing a woman who is frumpy is stretching credibility a bit.) And if any woman can keep from melting when Bill Pullman focuses that sweet, intense gaze, I've yet to meet her.
The vulnerability of the main characters gets you pulling for them right from the start, and the secondary characters do a wonderful job of convincing you that they are real with their own histories.
Peter Boyle is hysterical as the decent, but frustrated, father of Bill Pullman. And Peter Gallegher does a star turn as a handsome, spoiled "putz," as one of the characters calls him. Glynis Johns is laugh-out-loud funny as the sweetly confused grandmother.
All in all, this is a movie that is well worth watching over and over again, especially when you need a little reminder that love is waiting out there for us all.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Becky on June 28, 2000
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Forget all the rest, "While You Were Sleeping" is the best romantic comedy to come out of Hollywood in the past decade. Every moment of this sweetly endearing story will leave you with a warm and tingly feeling all over that won't wear off until long after the movie ends. In her first starring vehicle, an extremely appealing Sandra Bullock plays lonely subway worker Lucy and brings a warmth, freshness, and vulnerability to this character that everyone can identify with. After all, we've all had unrequited crushes on someone else at one point in our lives, but when Lucy saves the life of her "dream man" Peter, a hilarious comedy of errors ensues at the hospital when she is mistaken for his fiancee and passed off to his family as such. In the beginning, Lucy reluctantly plays along with the ruse, but as she falls in love with Peter's family and especially his brother Jack, she finds it very difficult to tell them the truth - that she is not engaged to Peter, indeed she has never even spoken to him! Bullock and Pullman shine as the two romantic leads who are loath to admit how attracted they are to each other, and the marvellous supporting cast add many laughs to this gem of a movie. This is a very entertaining way to spend over ninety minutes. You would have to be very hard to please if you didn't enjoy this movie about love at second sight. Film makers should shoot more stories like this!
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on March 27, 2008
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Lucy Moderatz lives a comfortable existence. Her days consist of working at the L train collecting tolls, hanging out with friends occasionally, and living with her pet cat. She develops a crush on Peter Callaghan who frequents her toll both daily. When he is attacked while waiting on the train, Lucy risks her own life to save his. While waiting at the hospital to hear of his condition, she makes the statement that lying in there is the man she was going to marry. A nurse overhears Lucy and assumes that she is Peter's fiancée when in fact it was just Lucy's overactive imagination. She intends to clear it up until his family barges in. Lucy doesn't want to upset the family any more than they already are, so she keeps the truth to herself for the moment. She is included in the family, and really made to feel a part of them, so then she can't bring herself to tell them the truth at all. Lucy, who has never really felt a connection to another man, starts to fall for Peter's brother Jack while everyone waits for Peter to emerge from his coma. When Peter does finally wake, all hell breaks loose!

Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman have incredible chemistry and on screen rapport as the romantic leads. The supporting cast could not have been chosen any better, and a personal favorite of mine - Peter Boyle was priceless! I just love this movie, and will keep it on hand to see time and time again.
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