A hopeless romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancée of a coma patient.
While You Were Sleeping (1995) Online
Lucy's life consists of constant loneliness that is until she saves Peter's life. Now she is a part of his family, and with a strong heart and fate on her side, others begin to realize what a terrific person she is, especially Jack, Peter's brother. An extraordinarily true-to-life sequence of events begins to take place as Lucy and Jack become closer and learn more about each other and themselves than one would ever expect from such coincidental, yet believable events.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Michael Rispoli||-||Joe Jr.|
|Ally Walker||-||Ashley Bacon|
|Dick Cusack||-||Dr. Rubin|
|Thomas Q. Morris||-||Man in Peter's Room|
The original screenplay was about a woman in a coma and a man pretending to be her fiancé. Many studio executives thought this to be too predatory, but one suggested reversing the roles. Once the script was rewritten, the movie was picked up by Hollywood Pictures.
At the Callaghans' Christmas party, Glynis Johns says, "I don't drink anymore. I don't drink any less, either!" Co-star Jack Warden, who was also in that scene, delivered the same line 31 years earlier in a Season 1 episode of "Bewitched" (1964) ("It Shouldn't Happen to a Dog").
The role of Lucy was written for Demi Moore. Sandra Bullock took the role, saying she could relate to it having just broken up from a four-year relationship.
The film wasn't originally supposed to be a Christmas movie. The studio wanted it set during the holidays as it would be easier to sell.
In a transition scene, a paper boy is shown slipping off his bike. This was actually an accident, but they decided to keep it in the movie. In fact, the paper boy actor broke his wrist.
The word "fiancée" has three acceptable pronunciations in English according to Webster, with the stress on the first, second, or final syllable. In the initial hospital room scene where the Callaghans discover Peter in a coma and meet Lucy, all three pronunciations of the word are given, and in consecutive order as far as the syllables. Nurse: "She's his FIancée!" Midge: "His fiANcée"? Doctor (a few lines later, to intern): "She's the fianCEE, you idiot!"
A then-unknown Matthew McConaughey tested for the role of Jack, but was dropped because of his Texas accent. The director rejected offers to cast Russell Crowe in the same role.
Images of the world and Sleeping Beauty recur in the film: the young version of Lucy in the beginning is being read "Sleeping Beauty" by her father (the film is a role reversal of "Sleeping Beauty": Peter is the beauty, and Lucy the Prince); Lucy has a globe in her apartment (visible after talking to Jack), and of course the gift of her mother to her father, the light up globe lamp recurs as well.
The film's working title was Coma Guy.
Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman have both played a parent to actress Mae Whitman in other movies, Hope Floats (1998) and Independence Day (1996), respectively.
The Callaghans' house is located in LaGrange, a suburb of Chicago.
Julia Roberts turned down the role of Lucy Moderatz.
When Jack and Peter are "playing" 7 card stud poker (Peter is still in a coma; Jack is dealing cards for both of them.), Jack's winning cards are the "dead man's hand" ... aces and eights.
Nicole Kidman auditioned to play Lucy.
James Spader and Dylan McDermott were considered for the role of Jack Callaghan.
Harrison Ford and Geena Davis were initially offered this film.
Bill Pullman and Peter Gallagher also appeared together in 1993's Malice, alongside Nicole Kidman and Alec Baldwin.
Patrick Swayze was considered to play Jack when Demi Moore was in negotiations to play Lucy.
Chris Columbus was at one point considered to direct.
The locations of the Callaghans' home and the church where Lucy's parents married are both in LaGrange, a suburb of Chicago. Coincidentally, the address number of each location is 203; the Callaghan home is located at 203 8th Ave, and the church is located only a half mile west at 203 S. Kensington Ave. Both locations sit on the corner of Elm Ave and the street of each one's respective address.
Was initially supposed to be set in Brooklyn.
Dennis Quaid was considered for the role of Jack.
The director had considered Jami Gertz for the role of Lucy.
Some of the gifts at the Callaghans' Christmas party: Lucy gets a sweater; Ox, a cordless glue gun; Mary, an appointment to get her ears pierced and diamond earring studs to go in them; Midge gets a gold watch.
Pierce Brosnan was considered for the role of Jack.
In the Netflix series LOVE, the guys who compose songs for movies sing about this movie.
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.
Sandra Bullock said to John Spartan in Demolition Man (1993) "While you were sleeping...".
Matthew McConaughey auditioned to play Jack well a few years later he and Sandra Bullock starred in A Time To Kill
This movie co-stars Monica Keena, who plays Mary, Peter and Jacks sister, and later co-stars in Dawson's Creek.
In this movie Sandra Bullock plays Lucy, a woman who has dreams of going to Italy, and in Love and War she plays Agnes, a woman who's a nurse stationed in Italy.
In the wedding scene in the hospital, the organist is longtime Comiskey Park - home of the Chicago White Sox - organist Nancy Faust.