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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Burns
... Sally Albright
... Marie
... Jess
... Joe
... Alice
... Amanda
... Stewardess
... Man on Aisle
David Burdick ... 9 Year Old Boy
Joe Viviani ... Judge
... Helen (as Harley Kozak)
Joseph Hunt ... Waiter at Wedding
Kevin Rooney ... Ira
... Julian
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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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21 July 1989 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$92,823,600
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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. See more »

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When Harry and Sally are in the museum, Harry makes a joke about hieroglyphics being part of an ancient comic strip. When he says "...about a character named Sphinxy," his lips don't match the words he can be heard saying. See more »

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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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Referenced in Whipped (2000) See more »

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Lady's Lunch
Written by Marc Shaiman
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I love romantic comedies, and this may be my all-time favorite. Nora Ephron's writing is sharp and VERY funny, and the perfect cast delivers the dialogue with flawless timing. I own it on DVD, and will almost invariably turn to it for at least a couple of minutes when I see it in the TV schedule. There are so many priceless moments that I can't pick out one to highlight; most of them are subtler and funnier than the famous Simulated Orgasm scene. Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher are perfect in their supporting roles, and Rob Reiner's direction couldn't be better. I'm afraid that I'm doing nothing but gushing in this review, but great is great, and it's hard to say anything else.


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