Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Lisa Jane Persky
Box Office: More than $41 millions in rentals (USA)
Trivia: 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.
Sally Albright: Harry, you’re going to have to try and find a way of not expressing every feeling that you have, every moment that you have them.
Harry Burns: Repeat after me. Pepper.
Sally Albright: Pepper.
Harry Burns: Pepper.
Sally Albright: Pepper.
Harry Burns: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Sally Albright: Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash.
Harry Burns: But I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie.
Harry Burns: I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and the thing is, I love you.
Sally Albright: What?
Harry Burns: I love you.
Sally Albright: How do you expect me to respond to this?
Harry Burns: How about, you love me too.
Sally Albright: How about, I’m leaving.
Sally Albright: Is Harry bringing anybody to the wedding?
Marie: I don’t think so.
Sally Albright: Is he seeing anybody?
Marie: He was seeing this anthropologist, but…
Sally Albright: What’s she look like?
Marie: Thin. Pretty. Big tits. Your basic nightmare.
Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.
Sally Albright: Which one am I?
Harry Burns: You’re the worst kind. You’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.
[Harry and Sally discussing orgasms]
Sally Albright: Most women at one time or another have faked it.
Harry Burns: Well, they haven’t faked it with me.
Sally Albright: How do you know?
Harry Burns: Because I know.
Sally Albright: Oh. Right. Thats right. I forgot. You’re a man.
Harry Burns: What was that supposed to mean?
Sally Albright: Nothing. Its just that all men are sure it never happened to them and all women at one time or other have done it so you do the math.
A very delightful and enjoyable romantic comedy, “When Harry Met Sally…” focuses on the 11 year relationship between two people who gradually fall in love. Throughout the film, the viewer gets to see a man and woman’s hilarious opinions on sex, love, and friendship.
Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) have both just graduated from college, and are both headed to New York to pursue their careers. They both share a ride to get there and argue over many subjects, mostly the relationships between men and women. Harry’s outlook on a man and woman’s relationship is that it can never be platonic, no male or female can just be “friends.”
When they finally get to New York, they go their separate ways but decide to remain friends. The two meet each other from time to time over the years in time discuss and share crises, happiness, grief, and much more along the way — including a debate over the movie “Casablanca.” Each time they meet up they grow closer to each other and eventually become lovers, ending their platonic friendship.
This is the one romantic comedy that is actually real in its story, its characters, and it’s dialogue. Rob Reiner did an amazing joke in writing and directing this movie. The dialouge is just amazing and the characters are so believable. This isn’t some movie where the man and woman are thrown together in crazy circumstances. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal characters are just friends that hang out and struggle with the fact that they might like each other. How real is that. That happens everyday. This also isn’t just some cheesy love story where you know that they are going to get together and it just gets all mushy. They just hang out and talk which is what real people do.
The hysterically funny discussions and original story are reason enough to check out the 1989 surprise box office hit. If you find yourself growing tired of those sappy teen romantic comedies, or a picture too dramatic for its own good, check out “When Harry Met Sally…” You won’t be disaapointed!