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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Nora Ephron (written by)
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Release Date:
21 July 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning? See more »
Plot:
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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the perfect modern take on a classic idea See more (249 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Billy Crystal ... Harry Burns

Meg Ryan ... Sally Albright

Carrie Fisher ... Marie

Bruno Kirby ... Jess

Steven Ford ... Joe

Lisa Jane Persky ... Alice

Michelle Nicastro ... Amanda

Gretchen Palmer ... Stewardess

Robert Alan Beuth ... Man on Aisle
David Burdick ... 9 Year Old Boy
Joe Viviani ... Judge

Harley Jane Kozak ... Helen (as Harley Kozak)
Joseph Hunt ... Waiter at Wedding
Kevin Rooney ... Ira
Franc Luz ... Julian

Tracy Reiner ... Emily

Kyle T. Heffner ... Gary (as Kyle Heffner)
Kimberley LaMarque ... Waitress
Stacey Katzin ... Hostess

Estelle Reiner ... Older Woman Customer
John Arceri ... Christmas Tree Salesman
Peter Day ... Joke Teller at Wedding
Kuno Sponholz ... Documentary Couple

Connie Sawyer ... Documentary Couple
Charles Dugan ... Documentary Couple
Katherine Squire ... Documentary Couple
Al Christy ... Documentary Couple
Frances Chaney ... Documentary Couple

Bernie Hern ... Documentary Couple
Rose Wright ... Documentary Couple
Aldo Rossi ... Documentary Couple
Donna Hardy ... Documentary Couple
Peter Pan ... Documentary Couple
Jane Chung ... Documentary Couple
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Ader ... Tap Dancer (uncredited)
David Giardina ... Extra (uncredited)
Nicholas Glaeser ... Waiter (uncredited)
Johnny Raimondo ... Extra (uncredited)
Marilyn Spanier ... Tap Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rob Reiner 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Nora Ephron (written by)

Produced by
Nora Ephron .... associate producer
Steve Nicolaides .... co-producer
Rob Reiner .... producer
Andrew Scheinman .... producer
Jeffrey Stott .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Barry Sonnenfeld (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Leighton 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Jane Musky 
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
Sabrina Wright  (as Sabrina Wright-Basile)
 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist: Meg Ryan
Joseph A. Campayno .... makeup artist: Meg Ryan
Ken Chase .... makeup artist: Billy Crystal (as Kenneth Chase)
William A. Farley .... hair stylist
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Peter Montagna .... makeup artist: Billy Crystal
 
Production Management
Mark A. Baker .... unit manager
Steve Nicolaides .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director
Forrest L. Futrell .... additional second assistant director
Lucille OuYang .... additional second assistant director (as Lucille A. Ouyang)
Michael Waxman .... second assistant director
Charles Zalben .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
James J. Archer .... props
David L. Glazer .... property master
Billy Puzo .... scenic artist
Harold Thrasher .... art department coordinator
Dick Tice .... property master
Frank Viviano .... construction coordinator
Mychael Bates .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael D. Costello .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Nancy Gilliar .... set dresser (uncredited)
Clare Scarpulla .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Pola Shreiber .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Chris Snyder .... construction foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Baetz .... boom operator
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Paul Timothy Carden .... sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Robert Eber .... sound mixer
Louis L. Edemann .... supervising sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... sound editor (as Richard C. Franklin Jr.)
John Fundus .... boom operator (as John K. Fundus)
David Gertz .... dubbing recordist
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Pamela G. Kimber .... assistant sound editor (as Pam Kimber)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely .... sound editor
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
Rod Rogers .... assistant adr editor
Larry Singer .... supervising adr editor
Tim Song Jones .... sound transferer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian W. Armstrong .... assistant camera (as Brian Armstrong)
Bruce Birmelin .... still photographer
Angelo Di Giacomo .... assistant camera (as Angelo DiGiacomo)
Christopher Duskin .... assistant camera
Russell Engels .... gaffer (as Russell W. Engels)
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
M. Todd Henry .... camera operator
Kevin Kelley .... gaffer
Thomas Miligan .... assistant camera
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer (as Andy Schwartz)
Michael J. Burke .... electrician (uncredited)
Raymond Fortune .... electrician (uncredited)
Paul Jacobsen .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Maricella Ramirez .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Stephen St. John .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Robin Joy Allan .... casting associate (as Robin Allan)
Michael Hirshenson .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer L. Parsons .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Norman Buckley .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Debbie Goldsmith .... assistant editor
Steven Nevius .... assistant editor (as Steve Nevius)
J. Kathleen Gibson .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harry Connick Jr. .... special musical performances and arrangements
John Richards .... music scoring mixer
Marc Shaiman .... music adaptor
Marc Shaiman .... music arranger
Marc Shaiman .... orchestrator
Thomas Richard Sharp .... orchestrator (as Thom Sharp)
Scott Stambler .... music supervisor
Vince Caro .... assistant scoring engineer (uncredited)
Mahlon Clark .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Fanning .... transportation coordinator (as James E. Fanning)
Tim Roslan .... transportation coordinator
Bobby Marsh .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joshua Abeles .... production assistant
Nicole Barnum .... production secretary
Judy Bauer .... production accountant
Donna E. Bloom .... location manager (as Donna Bloom)
Carlyn Bochicchio .... production assistant
Kathy Bond .... production secretary
Jason Charles .... production assistant
Leslie Cornyn .... assistant accountant
Victoria Cullingham .... production assistant
Iddo Lampton Enochs Jr. .... production assistant (as Lampton Enochs)
Eddie Fickett .... production assistant (as Edward Fickett)
Linda Folsom .... production coordinator (as Linda Allan)
Don Garrison .... location manager
Lynn Goldman .... assistant accountant
Shell Hecht .... production secretary
Dave Jenkins .... production assistant (as David Jenkins)
Emily Maupin .... assistant: Mr. Reiner
Kerry Lyn McKissick .... script supervisor
Gregory L. McMurry .... video: Video Image (as Greg McMurray)
Hwei-Chu Meng .... production coordinator
Maura Minsky .... production secretary
Michael Neumann .... production assistant
Jane Raab .... production coordinator
Donna Santora .... assistant accountant
David John Adamson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Frans J. Afman .... financial services (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Dianne Ketchum Friedgen .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Douglas Tirola .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jay L. Cooper .... thanks (as Jay Cooper)
Ronnie Davis .... thanks
Sol Horn .... special thanks
Tina Nielsen .... thanks
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"When Harry Met Sally" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
96 min | Turkey:89 min (TV version)
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Trivia:
While writing the script, Rob Reiner once said, "You know how women have a base of makeup, I have a base of depression. Sometimes I sink below it. Sometimes I rise above it." Since the Harry Burns is based on the depressing Rob, Nora Ephron threw the line into the script, which Rob cut somewhere along the line.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: During the scenes set in 1982 (1977 plus "5 years later") a United Airlines Boeing 737-300 is shown landing. The 737-300 model did not start revenue service with any airline until 1984.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
References The Lady Vanishes (1938)See more »
Soundtrack:
Say It Isn't SoSee more »

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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
the perfect modern take on a classic idea, 20 September 1999
Author: eastie from Tokyo, Japan

Aside from freer language and more explicitly sexual humour, When Harry met Sally is a very traditional romantic comedy, very much in the mould established in 1934 by It Happened One Night. Two very different but evenly-matched people are thrown together by circumstance. They are initially hostile to one another, but over the course of the film, this hostility turns to love as their personalities are softened by exposure to their opposites. Indeed, the central traits of Harry and Sally correspond very directly to those of Peter and Ellen in IHON - he worldly-wise and cynical, she spoiled and certain of what's what. Neither of them, it turns out, is as right or as self-confidant as they believe. What's very modern about WHMS is its attitude to long-term relationships. It's no longer enough for the couple simply to fall in love and live happily ever after. They must have a full and real understanding of exactly what, or who, they're letting themselves in for. They must also be sexually compatible (hence the importance of their having slept with one another before they finally get together). Within this framework of traditional romance in an unromantic world, WHMS is almost perfect. Structurally, there are no gaps or implausibilities. Even the central coincidence of these people running into each other under these circumstances is answered. The short but affecting intermissions of successful old couples describing their relationships are not only crucial to the pacing of the film, they also make the point that Harry and Sally are just another couple with an unusual and interesting story. There's an element of luck and coincidence in every successful relationship. The effectiveness of the film's structure is perhaps best highlighted by the soundtrack. There's a perfectly selected Louis Armstrong track for every phase of their relationship - the soundtrack not only complements the mood of the film, it comments on the action. The acting is superb, with the two main protagonists as well as their two foils (Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher) all giving career-best comic performances. Without such fantastic performances, it's very possible that the film could have failed: these are essentially self-indulgent people, that we sympathise with them and recognise them is in great measure down to the stars. Finally, the script is fantastic. Of course nobody really speaks like that, but like all great scripts it distills emotions and points of view into a few lines. And it's funny. The one-liners are still sharp and amusing on the twentieth viewing, and the set-pieces are beautifully realised (the orgasm scene is only the most famous - check out Harry's olympic sex-dream speech - "Must have been the dismount" - or the "I'm through making a schmuck out of myself" phone call). All this, and a dinner party talking point about male and female relationships. Can we ever be just friends? Not even with an ugly girl? "Nah, you pretty much want to nail them too."

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