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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 5 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Famous romantic comedy See more (252 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)

Ingrid Bergman ... Actress in Film (archive footage) (uncredited)
David Giardina ... Extra (uncredited)
Nicholas Glaeser ... Waiter (uncredited)
Johnny Raimondo ... Extra (uncredited)
Marilyn Spanier ... Tap Dancer (uncredited)

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 F. 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:
The orgasm scene was filmed at Katz's Deli, an actual restaurant on New York's E. Houston Street. The table at which the scene was filmed now has a plaque on it that reads, "Where harry met sally... hope you have what she had!"See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Harry is dropped off in New York's Washington Square in 1977 the street signs are green and white. In 1977 the street signs in New York were still gold and black.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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Soundtrack:
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49 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Famous romantic comedy, 26 August 2002
Author: krumski from over the river and through the woods

Can men and women ever be merely friends, without the temptation of sex rearing its ugly head? This is the question that this movie so famously posed - and so glibly answered - almost fifteen years ago. As it follows the progression of Harry and Sally - a pair of charming, if neurotic, Manhattanites - from enemies to confidants to lovers, it seems to smugly relish the fact that it has proven its point: men and women can never just "be friends" - sex is always the bond that unites them. But the film is so manipulative, so dogged in its pursuit of this goal, that it never appears an alternative position was ever considered. So, as philosophy, chalk When Harry Met Sally up to around zilch.

Now, disregard the above paragraph. Because When Harry Met Sally makes up for its slights to credibility and lack of rigorous thought by being easily the funniest movie of its year (1989). This humor flows mainly from the beautifully crafted scenes and dialogue; indeed, each scene is a dialogue set piece (and could be transferred to the stage quite easily - surprising no one's ever done it, actually), which flows with the firm and confident rapidity of a 20th century Shaw or Oscar Wilde. Of course, this approach has its downside, too: mainly that the lead characters seem less and less like real people and more like tools for the brilliant lines and conceits of the screenwriter (Nora Ephron - never better; in fact, never even remotely close ever again). This may have something to do with the film's inability to seem completely real or true to human nature as it actually plays out - but with lines like these, who's complaining?

For, what is great about the movie is not its originality (it steals from all over, especially Woody Allen movies, and the few ideas it can truly call its own are, as I've said, not particularly bright or well-thought out), but its ability to hone in on stereotypes of character and situation and offer pithy and hilarious precis of the male-female condition through the witty banter and interaction of its characters. As such, the film is less like a conventional movie and more like a stand-up routine dealing with life and love in the Big City: it is to be judged not by its content, but by the dexterity of its put-ons and one-liners. (It is not surprising, for example, that several of its set-pieces and comic notions were revisited just a few years later, and in much the same manner, on "Seinfeld".) In that regard, it succeeds flawlessly.

Just think of all the conventions it gets in, and skewers: the one-track mind male (Harry); the "sensitive" and practical female, repulsed yet intrigued by said male (Sally); the emotionally unsettled mistress playing the field (Carrie Fisher, who keeps an index card file of "available" men); the live-ins who can't "commit" (Sally and her ex-boyfriend); women's concern with middle age and their biological clock ("I'm gonna be 40," weeps Sally. "When?" asks Harry. "Someday."); the male's tendency to skip out after making love; the horror and unpredictability of blind dates; and, in a scene which is almost passe to mention anymore, women's ability to fake orgasm. The way this film jumps from one familiar convention to another would be embarrassing if it weren't for the fact that each one is handled with such economy, humor and grace.

Billy Crystal acquits himself well as Harry - predictably, perhaps, as it's a part tailor made for a standup comedian. Still, seeing him in this after years of half-baked movies and fawning Oscar presentations, it's a revelation how glib and unlikable he can allow himself to be . . . and *still* be likable. Yo, Billy, if you're listening out there: try incorporating some of Harry's darker shadings and more egocentric traits into your future roles; it gives you a more complete palette to work from and keeps you from being too generic and schticky. And your charm and humor will always shine through anyway.

If Billy needs to edge a little bit closer back to Harry, though, Meg Ryan needs to get Sally completely out of her system. This role, deservedly, made her a star - but she has tried to go back to this particular well once too many times, and it's become way too familiar: you know, the adorable, bright-eyed bit - mentally disheveled, prissy around the edges with just a wisp of klutziness, all topped by that cute, mega-watt smile. It has become now the "Meg Ryan" character, but back when Sally came along it was still fresh, and it was tied to a particular personality. Ryan gives Sally a shy-cum-toughness as well as a moody, slightly cynical and self-deprecating wit that is just totally right. She and Crystal play off each other like two old pros, and they weave in and out of some charming and hilarious verbal music.

It's funny, but I just recently saw this movie on a Saturday afternoon television marathon of "Romantic Weepies" - and it struck me as an odd designation, because this movie is anything but a weeper. It takes a clear-eyed, almost cynical view of love and companionship, and creates around it a charming tapestry of bracing wit and crunching dialogue. So save the violins and the handkerchiefs for romantic comedies less sure on their feet - whose deficiency in wit must be made up for by a surfeit of melodrama and manipulation. This movie is manipulative too, of course, but its manipulation is almost beside the point. It's the laughs along the way we remember here, not the big kiss or the grand embrace. That Harry and Sally were "meant" for each other and that the film "proves" it is much less important than the fact that Sally does one hell of a great orgasm.

Waiter, I'll have what they're having . . .

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