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When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

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Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Director:

Rob Reiner

Writer:

Nora Ephron
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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:
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 David Burdick ... 9 Year Old Boy
Joe Viviani Joe Viviani ... Judge
Harley Jane Kozak ... Helen (as Harley Kozak)
Joseph Hunt Joseph Hunt ... Waiter at Wedding
Kevin Rooney Kevin Rooney ... Ira
Franc Luz ... 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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For the scene in which Sally calls Marie and Harry calls Jess at the same time, there were three separate sets. As Rob Reiner explains: "We had three different sets: [One] where Bruno and Carrie were; a separate set where Billy was; and a [third] set where Meg was. It was all on the same soundstage. It's almost like doing a recording in a studio. The phones were all hooked up to each other, because there are no cuts, if you notice.... If somebody makes a mistake - and it's a three- to four-page scene - you can't cover it. You can't cut away to anything. You have to do it over again." So how many times did they try to get it right? "We shot it 61 times! If you remember at the end, they each hang up their phone - boom, boom, boom boom - in rhythm. It took forever to get it right. We did one I think 54 in, and we did it: They hung up the phones perfectly. Then Bruno blew his last line. So we had to start over again!" See more »

Goofs

When Harry and Sally enter the diner during the road trip, Sally sits down and puts her hands on the table. It then cuts to a different angle and her hands are not on the table. 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 Family Guy: Lois Kills Stewie (2007) See more »

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Call Me
Written by Tony Hatch
Published by Duchess Music Corporation, ATV Music and SBK Songs Ltd.
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14 September 2002 | by UACWSee all my reviews

This movie grows like a good wine. I really didn't get it when it was first released; I avoided it like the plague. But people have a curious tendency to mature and change their POVs with time, and so was it with me. This movie opened me up to a lot of things - believe it or not, I didn't get the 'Call Me' sequence at first: I was lost, and admit it. But I am not lost now, and this movie is partly responsible.

Meg might be the reason guys want to see this movie, again and again, but after a while you begin to appreciate the contribution Crystal made to the film. The dialogue has his name all over it. The dialogue in this film is at times simply amazing - check the memorable quotes here if you've seen the movie and have forgot.

I would not pick this movie out of a barrel as most likely to be so influential, but it's a fact that it is, and rightfully so. Great support from Kirby and Fisher. Today it's Hanks and Ryan who are paired, thanks undoubtedly to Sleepless in Seattle, but one wonders why no one has tried to get Crystal and Ryan back together again. They're fantastic.

This is one of the all-time best movies ever made. All-time 10? Or 20? or 1000? I don't know; it's just one of the best - it has that quality about it. Keeper.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harry, This Is Sally See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,094,453, 16 July 1989

Gross USA:

$93,075,866

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,083,444
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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