While You Were Sleeping (1995)

while you were sleeping film “While you were sleeping…I told your family we were engaged, spent the holidays at their house, hit on your brother, and took the time to sniff your cologne before pulling you out of the path of an oncoming train.”


Now some of you may call this a “rom com.” Perhaps a “chick flick.” Or even “a formulaic, tear-jerking film that contains at least one scene where two unsuspecting lovers literally stumble into each other’s arms and have an almost-kiss.”

And you would be exactly correct. But hey, you know what they say.

Really, though, if I was ever kidnapped, tied to a chair, and forced to watch just one movie in this genre with my eyelids duct taped open, I would pick this one.

This film is what really launched Sandra Bullock’s career, along with Speed (the movie, not the popular Class B drug otherwise known as amphetamine sulphate).

Here’s the rest of the cast:

  • while you were sleepingBill Pullman – Independence Day, Newsies, Sleepless in Seattle
  • Peter Gallagher – The Man Who Knew Too Little
  • Peter Boyle – Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Jack Warden – Lots of older films, including Brian’s Song
  • Glynis Johns – Court Jester + the mom in Mary Poppins

Since this is a “Sunday Movies” blog, I should also mention there are a handful of inappropriate jokes, though they pale in comparison to the inappropriateness of sniffing an unconscious man’s coat while he’s knocked out on the train tracks.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: This part was unscripted:


So there’s an important speech delivered by Lucy to Peter and his family at the “kleemax” of the movie. (See, that’s funny because “kleemax” is a combination of “climax” and “Kleenex” — implying that the climax is intended to make you cry and reach for a tissue. See how I did that? Hope you weren’t too “blown away” by how witty I am. Question: How many more Kleenex jokes do I have up my sleeve? Answer: Nobody nose.)

Anyway, here’s what Lucy said:

I went from being all alone to being a fiancé, a daughter, a granddaughter, a sister, and a friend. I may have saved your life that day, but you know what, you really saved mine. You allowed me to be a part of your family, and I haven’t had that in a really long time.

The holiday season can be a hard time of year for a lot of people without family or friends close by. So as we wrap up our celebrations, take a moment to invite or include somebody you think might feel alone.

More often than not, the presents we send mean far less than the presence we bring.

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”Luke 15:4

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