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While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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A hopelessly romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.


Jon Turteltaub


Daniel G. Sullivan, Fredric Lebow (as Fredric LeBow)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Lucy
Bill Pullman ... Jack
Peter Gallagher ... Peter
Peter Boyle ... Ox
Jack Warden ... Saul
Glynis Johns ... Elsie
Micole Mercurio ... Midge
Jason Bernard ... Jerry
Michael Rispoli ... Joe Jr.
Ally Walker ... Ashley Bacon
Monica Keena ... Mary
Ruth Rudnick Ruth Rudnick ... Wanda
Marcia Wright ... Celeste
Dick Cusack Dick Cusack ... Dr. Rubin
Thomas Q. Morris ... Man in Peter's Room


Nursing a secret and hopeless crush on the handsome commuter who passes her booth every day, the charming loner and Chicago "L" ticket seller, Lucy, is about to have a second chance at love. During one seemingly ordinary Christmas shift, Lucy witnesses the object of her desire falling off the platform, and in one of those spur-of-the-moment decisions, she saves him from certain death, only to be mistaken for his fiancée at the hospital. As Lucy enjoys the unexpected stroke of good luck, unable to tell the truth to his welcoming family, unforeseen romantic affairs further complicate matters. Now, the comatose patient's suspicious brother, Jack, thinks he's onto something. Will Lucy face the consequences of what happened while the beautiful stranger was sleeping? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A story about love at second sight.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The Callaghan home sits on the corner of 8th and Elm Ave (the front door actually faces Elm). Lucy tells her boss that Saul is the Callaghans' next-door neighbor, which means he must live on 8th Ave, not Elm, since the Callaghan home is on a corner lot. See more »


In the last shot, the iconic Marshall Field's clock is not visible in that position on that elevated train line (northbound heading toward the now non-existent Sun Times building). See more »


Jerry: [at Celeste's party. Jack went along with Lucy, and was mistaken for Peter] Peter?
Lucy: I gotta talk to you.
Jerry: Geez, he looks good.
Lucy: That's not Peter. That's Jack.
Jerry: Uh, who's Jack again?
Lucy: Peter's brother.
Jerry: Peter's the guy that's in a coma.
Lucy: Yeah.
Jerry: So then why did you bring Jack?
Lucy: I didn't bring Jack. He followed me here.
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Alternate Versions

In the video release, the scene when Jack offers to drive Lucy to Celeste's party is shortened. When shown in theaters, you see them get into the truck, drive less than a block, and then get back out. See more »


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Bridal Chorus
Music by Richard Wagner
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User Reviews

Subversively calming
14 January 2018 | by susanelizabethbakerSee all my reviews

It's a screw-ball romantic comedy worthy of all of the heritage of the genre.

Having said that, it's also a pleasant antidote to war porn masquerading as "high art" and to actual porn, because it's a wonderful reflection on the importance of kindness in the world.

Sandra Bullock is delightful, 'natch. Bill Pullman is enchanting, and Peter Gallagher is... engaging... as a man in a coma.

Watch this is you just want to find a speck of decency in a scary world.

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Release Date:

21 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coma Guy See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,288,915, 23 April 1995

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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