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When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.



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9 Year Old Boy
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Helen (as Harley Kozak)
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Waiter at Wedding
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Harry and Sally meet when she gives him a ride to New York after they both graduate from the University of Chicago. The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other time and time again. Finally a close friendship blooms between them, and they both like having a friend of the opposite sex. But then they are confronted with the problem: "Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?" Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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Can men and women be friends or does sex always get in the way? See more »


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Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Harry, This Is Sally  »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,094,453, 16 July 1989, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »


Leaving the diner in 1977, Sally pulls the door with her right hand. From the outside, she opens the door with her left hand. See more »


[first lines]
Documentary Couple: I was sitting with my friend Arthur Kornblum, in a restaurant, it was a Horn and Hardart cafeteria. And this beautiful girl walked in and I turned to Arthur and I said Arthur, you see that girl? I'm going to marry her. And two weeks later we were married. And it's over fifty years later and we are still married.
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Our Love Is Here To Stay
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Published by Chappell & Co.
Performed by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a Division of PolyGram Records Inc.
Performed by Harry Connick Jr.
Courtesy of CBS Records
By Arrangement with CBS Records Music Licensing Department
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14 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

This movie grows like a good wine. I really didn't get it when it was first released; I avoided it like the plague. But people have a curious tendency to mature and change their POVs with time, and so was it with me. This movie opened me up to a lot of things - believe it or not, I didn't get the 'Call Me' sequence at first: I was lost, and admit it. But I am not lost now, and this movie is partly responsible.

Meg might be the reason guys want to see this movie, again and again, but after a while you begin to appreciate the contribution Crystal made to the film. The dialogue has his name all over it. The dialogue in this film is at times simply amazing - check the memorable quotes here if you've seen the movie and have forgot.

I would not pick this movie out of a barrel as most likely to be so influential, but it's a fact that it is, and rightfully so. Great support from Kirby and Fisher. Today it's Hanks and Ryan who are paired, thanks undoubtedly to Sleepless in Seattle, but one wonders why no one has tried to get Crystal and Ryan back together again. They're fantastic.

This is one of the all-time best movies ever made. All-time 10? Or 20? or 1000? I don't know; it's just one of the best - it has that quality about it. Keeper.

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