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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Sandra Bullock
Bill Pullman
Peter Gallagher.
Directors
Jon Turteltaub.
Screenwriters
Daniel G Sullivan
Frederic LeBow.
Running Time
106 minutes

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While You Were Sleeping


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Sandra Bullock is Lucy, a lonely ticket booth worker for the Chicago Transit Authority, whose day revolves around the morning arrival of a gorgeous yuppie commuter (Gallagher). Every night she goes home, unwraps a TV dinner, bonds with her cat, and fights off the unwanted advances of her landlord's son. Coerced into working over Christmas, Lucy's dream man - she later learns his name is Peter - finally becomes more reality than she can cope with, when he's mugged on her platform and ends up on the tracks, leaving Lucy to step in and save him from the wheels of an oncoming train.


Later, at the hospital, Lucy is overheard by a nurse muttering to herself, "I was going to marry him..." and before you can say "engagement party", Peter's eccentric family troop in and mistake her as his fiancee. It's a wonderful scene - fast, funny, totally implausible. Since Lucy is alone, weak-willed, and, more to the point, Peter is now in a coma, she plays along with the deception, warming to her surrogate family and they to her. All the while aware that one day she will be forced to come clean.


Then the arrival of Peter's less loaded, but far nicer brother, Jack (Pullman), throws up another dilemma. Peter is not, she swiftly discovers, the Mr. Perfect she fantasised about, but a self-centred, conceited scumbag, who keeps pictures of himself in his wallet and only has one testicle. No, it's Jack who she really loves. What comes next is obvious, but the film is no less enchanting for it. Bullock is a delight, disarmingly kooky, pleasing to look at, and - as she has previously proved - a gifted comedic actress. Together with Pullman, she keeps the predictable plot chugging along nicely, and the corn pretty much on the cob. Pullman, so long the loser in celluloid love (think Sleepless, Malice, Last Seduction), finally - and it won't spoil your enjoyment to know - gets the girl. It's a mite pat and sentimental in parts, but this is romantic comedy, what do you expect? This year's Sleepless In Seattle. Only better.




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RE: While You Were Sleeping

Never understood why this wasn't a bigger hit - most people I know havn't even heard of it! I've been watching it for years. And I agree - Elsie is the best in it by far ... More

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Posted by Mooby at 20:43, 22 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: While You Were Sleeping

While You Were Sleeping is a definite must for all the chick-flick lovers out there, but the cast, plot and dialogue leaves a little bit extra for others in the audience. It is definitely my favourite movie Bullock has been in and Pullman is just brilliant in it. The weird and wonderful family surrounding the blossoming romance are amusing and not annoying - a blessing in disguise. But I must admit, Saul and Elsie are the best in a long list of great casting!   Mass better in Lati... More

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Posted by Jessica_ca_ca_ca at 14:47, 07 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: While You Were Sleeping

This is a cracking film; you can forgive the slightly shmaltzy ending because Sandra Bullock makes it really genuine and it's not given time to wallow... I saw this at the cinema and fell in love with Bill Pullman, he's so good in this, very believeable as a man with a crisis on his hands and the whole family have a very authentic relationship which could have been so forced - an oldie (kind of) but a goodie ... More

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Posted by Taizy at 21:57, 06 August 2006 | Report This Post


RE: While You Were Sleeping

I'm not one for lovey dovey films but While You Were Sleeping is incredibly funny. Its Sandra Bullocks best movie by far. A great cast and a really funny script. My mums favourite movie of all time! Give it a go..... **** ... More

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Posted by Dr Geek at 07:51, 04 August 2006 | Report This Post


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If you haven't seen this extra feel-good movie the I recommend it to anyone and everyone. You can guarantee it will make you feel better and you'll be smiling all day :-) The casting it top-notch and the acting is flawless. ... More

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