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While You Were Sleeping
While You Were Sleeping
Actors: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG     1998     1hr 43min

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 stran...  more »

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Actors: Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, Peter Gallagher, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Creators: Arthur M. Sarkissian, Charles J.D. Schlissel, Elaine Johnson, Joe Roth, Jonathan Glickman, Daniel G. Sullivan, Fredric LeBow
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Sandra Bullock, Love & Romance
Studio: Hollywood Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/04/1998
Original Release Date: 04/21/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 04/21/1995
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 7
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Patricia D. from HILLSBOROUGH, NJ
Reviewed on 6/6/2020...
A lot of fun, especially watching the family interactions of the future in laws. I was happy to watch it again after many years, and my husband liked it, too!
Reviewed on 3/10/2018...
one of my favorites. a cute rom com.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL
Reviewed on 3/29/2014...
Sandra Bullock! This is a feel good movie. This is in my library.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Wayne F. (WWIIpfc) from COLORADO SPGS, CO
Reviewed on 10/5/2012...
This is a great love story with no profanity, no sex, no violence. Just a wonderful story.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A Chick Flick that Guys can like too!
Mark J. Fowler | Okinawa, Japan | 08/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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. (The screenwriters were clearly searching for a reason for Lucy to not just fess up....)
3. Since Lucy has been fantasizing about Peter for awhile it's not that difficult for her to pretend to be his fiancee.

I've heard Roger Ebert say it's not as important *what* a movie is about as *how* the movie is about that thing.

This movie would be doomed to failure if it were only about some pathetic toll-taker who pretends to be engaged to her dream-boat to his family while he's in a coma. But Lucy isn't pathetic - she's as likable and attractive as, well, Sandra Bullock, and Peter's family is full of charming, likable folks. Peter, as things would have it, isn't as charming as Lucy dreamt. Although he used to be in the family business of antique furniture, he went to law school and now barely keeps in touch with his family. He has a bitchy girlfriend who is in Europe leaving calls on his answering machine while he is in a coma - one of the calls tells him "yes, I'll marry you".

Again - it's not difficult to guess where much of this is going. Bill Pullman plays Peter's charming, easy-going brother, Jack, who has stayed close to the family, running Dad's business. (There is an extremely well-done low-key scene close to the end where Jack tells Dad, played by Peter Boyle, that he wants to MAKE furniture instead of just dealing it - which will mean getting out of the family business. The scene has both a ring of authenticity, not yielding to any histrionic cliches, and at the same time maintaining the warm feelings that you've built up for both of these characters by this portion of the movie. These kinds of scenes *make* this movie.)

Jack Warden gets special kudos from me as Peter's godfather, Saul, who loves his godson, but also comes to love Lucy as well. Michael Rispoli steals a few scenes as "Joe, Jr." the son of Lucy's landlord. In the early scenes Joe comes across as a shorter, heavier Andrew Dice Clay wannabe. But by the end even Joe has become someone deserving our admiration. This is the kind of movie where you want nice things to happen to the characters - and the movie goes about it's business in a very satisfying way.
The SWEETEST movie!
Robin Currier | 04/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Blows "Sleepless in Seattle" right out of the water!
Becky | 06/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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!"