While You Were Sleeping

Film, Comedy
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Disney's fairytale romance is as cute and cuddly a bedtime story as anyone could wish for. Bullock stars as Lucy Moderatz, who sells tickets for the Chicago el-train. Lonesome Lucy has the hots for Peter (Gallagher): tall, dark, handsome - and he doesn't even know she's alive. Then, one day before Christmas, Peter collapses in a coma and Lucy pulls him from the tracks. After a mix-up at the hospital, she's introduced as Peter's fiancée and embraced to the bosom of his eccentric family (father Boyle, mother Johns, godfather Warden). Only brother Jack (Pullman) harbours any doubts - doubts Lucy is too ashamed to confirm. If Sleepless in Seattle was designer romance, While You Were Sleeping is comfortable fit: loose-knit sweaters, lumberjack shirts, blue jeans and Timberland boots. It's the difference between uptown Manhattan and blue-collar Chicago. There are no hip riffs on 'movie love' here, it's all the real McCoy. If there's a problem with the film, it's that this emphasis on authenticity is essentially just another style option, one that sits oddly with such an outrageously unlikely scenario. It's a mark of Bullock's radiant star quality that we're rooting for Lucy from the start. The movie coasts home on her charm.

By: TCh

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jon Turteltaub
Screenwriter: Daniel G Sullivan, Fredric Lebow
Cast: Sandra Bullock
Bill Pullman
Peter Gallagher
Peter Boyle
Jack Warden
Glynis Johns
Micole Mercurio
Jason Bernard

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Rosie T
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This film is not a good one at all. I love Sandra Bullock but this film goes in the pile of 'never again'. It is all just a bit to ridiculous for me to apprehend, I should have steered clear from the film by it's title alone- 'while you were sleeping' no film should be called or for that matter watched.  


Ugh! What an absolutely awful, insipid film! You'd have to be braindead to believe this dumb plot. We're supposed to believe that Sandar Bullock can't get a date??? Or that the family is stupid as to believe her lies??? Or, that the guy would go along with what she says and marry her even though he doesn't remember her??? Or, that they all wouldn't immediately call the police to arrest such an obviously deranged stalker when they finally learn the truth??? No one with an IQ above the level of moron should watch this movie. The amnesia episode of Gilligan's Island was like Shakespeare compared to the plot of this awful film. What sentimental dreck!