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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Man on Aisle
David Burdick ...
9 Year Old Boy
Joe Viviani ...
Helen (as Harley Kozak)
Joseph Hunt ...
Waiter at Wedding
Kevin Rooney ...
Franc Luz ...


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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$16,000,000 (estimated)


$92,823,600 (USA)

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Albert Brooks turned down the role of Harry Burns. See more »


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[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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Where Or When
Written by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers
Published by Chappell & Co.
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Products, a Division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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not just a chick flick
10 June 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is not just your average chick flick tearjerker romance movie. I'm sure that a lot of guys can relate to this movie as well.

First of all, there are some hilarious lines in this movie that will appeal to men and women. Second, the orgasm scene in the restaurant has got to be one of the funniest scenes in movie history. And finally, the guys will be cheering on Billy Crystal, as he makes love to a LOT of women in this movie. I really enjoyed this movie, and I'm pretty sure that I am a guy (I'll check later).

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan will remind everyone of their everyday lives in this true-to-life (and very funny) movie. So guys, don't reject "When Harry Met Sally..." just because women cried at it. And girls, if you see this movie, you will probably want to see it another 50 times.

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