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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!"
The segments of married couples telling the stories of how they met are real stories that Rob Reiner collected for the film. Actors relate the stories.
In the museum scene, Harry adlibs, "But, I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie." Sally laughs and looks to her right where Rob Reiner silently prompts her to go with it.
According to screenwriter Nora Ephron the infamous "I'll have what she's having" line was actually suggested by Billy Crystal.
Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron, and Andrew Scheinman chose beautiful locations to highlight the characters lack of insight - Harry and Sally are as blind to romance as they are to the love growing between them. The same logic was used for Harry's apartment. The windows overlook the Empire State Building. It could either the loveliest - or - loneliest, view in the world.
The concept of Sally being a picky eater was based on Nora Ephron, the scriptwriter, and so years after the movie came out, when Nora Ephron was on a plane and ordered something very precise, the stewardess looked at her and asked "Have you ever seen the movie 'When Harry Met Sally'?"
Sally's picky and crazy eating habits were put into the movie after Rob Reiner saw Nora Ephron ordering her food in the same way Sally did in the movie. When Rob brought this up, Nora said, "I just want it the way I want it," a line which was put into the movie.
In an interview with National Public Radio on 2 November 2004, Nora Ephron credited Meg Ryan not only with the idea of faking orgasm in the well-known restaurant scene, but also with the idea of setting it in a restaurant in the first place.
The off-camera voice that says, "Hey everybody, 10 seconds until new year," is Rob Reiner.
The infamous orgasm scene was edited out of airline prints of the film.
For the infamous orgasm scene, the original script called for just Harry and Sally to talk about women faking an orgasm, until Meg Ryan suggested that Sally actually fake an orgasm at the table. Rob Reiner loved the idea and put it into the script.
Harry is shown reading Stephen King's Misery, which was the next movie directed by Rob Reiner.
The quote "I'll have what she's having" was not only voted #33 on the AFI's list of "Best 100 Movie Quotes in American Film", and the ONLY quote on the list to be spoken by a non-professional actor (it was director Rob Reiner's mom who delivered the line). Furthermore, it was the only quote on the list which was the ONLY film dialogue ever uttered by the actor who delivered it.
Before deciding on the title, "Just Friends", "Playing Melancholy Baby", "Boy Meets Girl", "Blue Moon", "Words of Love", "It Had To Be You", "Harry, This Is Sally", and "How They Met", were considered by Nora Ephron, Andrew Scheinman, and Rob Reiner.
Harry is somewhat based on Rob Reiner. Rob was depressed, and loved being depressed, like Harry Burns in the film. Sally is somewhat based on Nora Ephron. Nora is optimistic, cheerful, loves control, and is the type of person who is "just fine" with everything, just like Sally Albright.
Harry and Sally's final interview at the end of the film was completely improvised.
Nora Ephron was happy with how the film turned out, but was never happy with the title of the film, and says it's the one thing she would go back and fix if she could.
The scene where we see all four lead characters talking to each other individually on various telephones took 60 takes to nail.
[June 2008] Ranked #6 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Romantic Comedy".
Albert Brooks turned down the role of Harry Burns.
During the end scene Harry mentions never understanding what the song Auld Lang Syne was about. Some years earlier Director Rob Reiner also questioned the meaning of the song when portraying Mike Stivic on an episode of All in the Family (1971).
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.
The movie's line "I'll have what she's having." was voted as the #33 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100).
The man that Sally is kissing at the airport when Harry runs into them is played by Steven Ford, the son of former President Gerald Ford.
Molly Ringwald was offered the role of Sally, but was forced to decline due to a busy schedule. She would later go on to play Sally in the stage version of the film in 2004, on London's West End.
The Pictionary scene was entirely improvised.
The film is based on Rob Reiner's experiences post-divorce and as a single man. Ironically, Reiner met his current wife during the making of his film.
In many romantic comedies, there's a bullying significant other or a contrived misunderstanding that would keep the two leads apart. When Harry Met Sally... is special in that it has neither of these clichés: the only thing keeping Harry and Sally apart is their own various neuroses.
This marks the first appearance on a soundtrack for Harry Connick Jr..
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Much of the dialogue that Nora Ephron wrote was taken from the banter between real-life friends Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal.
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Naming the film proved to be problematic. At one point, Rob Reiner ran a competition amongst his Castle Rock employees, looking for suggestions.
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To help him capture the mood of a newly divorced, single man, Billy Crystal would hole himself up in a hotel room in isolation, deliberately keeping himself away from cast and crew.
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Rob Reiner originally wanted Susan Dey to play Sally. When Dey turned down the part, he approached Elizabeth Perkins, Elizabeth McGovern and Molly Ringwald. At this point, Meg Ryan started lobbying hard for the part.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Nora Ephron wrote the screenplay - and its numerous drafts - over a period of nearly 5 years.
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Meg Ryan had to go through her fake orgasm repeatedly as the scene was shot over and over.
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The football game scene uses footage from an actual Giants game, however the long range crowd shots are of a Buffalo Bills home game at Rich Stadium. Same colors on the fans but a more spirited version of 'the wave.'
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Director Rob Reiner and producer Andrew Scheinman are credited on some drafts of the script
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The footage of Harry and Jess at the Giants game was taken from when they played the Lions October 16, 1988. The Giants won 30-10,
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Demi Moore made a spectacle of herself at the film's New York premiere by showing up braless and debuting a short hairstyle for Ghost (1990) that would soon be copied by millions of women.
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Cameo 

Estelle Reiner: The woman who says "I'll have what she's having" after Sally's faked orgasm is director Rob Reiner's mother.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the first draft of the film, Harry and Sally did not end up together. It was only later, that Nora Ephron and Rob Reiner decided that Harry and Sally belonged together.
When Harry realizes he wants to see Sally on New Year's Eve, he is near Washington Square Park. Sally's party is at the Puck Bulding, 295 W Lafayette, St...about a half mile away via Bleecker Street. If Harry runs 5 mph, he has a 6 minute run before the rest of his life begins.

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