When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally

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Director: Rob Reiner

Cast: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher


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The MGM DVD of When Harry Met Sally proves that the film keeps improving with age. The template for modern studio romantic comedies, When Harry Met Sally is also head and shoulders above its many imitators (including those of star Meg Ryan and writer Nora Ephron). Besides showing off the film's considerable charms, the DVD comes loaded with extra…  See more details below


The MGM DVD of When Harry Met Sally proves that the film keeps improving with age. The template for modern studio romantic comedies, When Harry Met Sally is also head and shoulders above its many imitators (including those of star Meg Ryan and writer Nora Ephron). Besides showing off the film's considerable charms, the DVD comes loaded with extra features and has been spruced up for the digital age. A better-than-average "making-of" documentary points out that the genesis of the film was director Rob Reiner's own dating woes and the friendly personality differences between himself and screenwriter Nora Ephron. The documentary is breezy but does show how many people contributed to the success of the movie and how easily it all could have gone off track. Also included are a number of scenes that were deleted from the finished film and a pretty thorough audio commentary from Reiner. The funny deleted scenes go over better than Reiner's commentary, which is informative but proves once again that Mel Brooks is one of the few people who can be entertaining while explaining comedy. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio track lives up to the theatrical release and the excellent anamorphic widescreen transfer showcases Barry Sonnenfeld's superb lensing. Though When Harry Met Sally is sometimes viewed as Woody Allen for the masses, this DVD reaffirms that it ended up creating a world and viewpoint all its own.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Usually the passage of many years -- even decades -- is required before a popular film achieves the designation of "classic," but Rob Reiner's charming and witty romantic comedy attained that lofty status much sooner than most. Certainly it's best remembered for the hilarious scene, set in a New York delicatessen, in which preternaturally perky Meg Ryan loudly simulates an orgasm for skeptical Billy Crystal -- much to the amusement of a nearby female patron (played by Reiner's mother), who instructs the waiter, "I'll have what she's having!" That's just one great line among many penned by Nora Ephron, whose episodic plot initially introduces Crystal and Ryan as friends who vow to resist sexual attraction to preserve the nature of their unique relationship. The story spans many years and even evokes suspense by delaying what many viewers believe should be inevitable. Will they or won't they? The sparkling script, airy direction, irresistibly cute characters, and New York settings jell perfectly, making When Harry Met Sally one of contemporary cinema's funniest romantic gems. The new wide-screen Special Edition DVD includes seven minutes of never-before-seen footage, commentary by Reiner, Ephron, Crystal, and Carrie Fisher, the original theatrical trailer, and a music video by Harry Connick, Jr.
All Movie Guide - David Abolafia
Screenwriter Nora Ephron has constructed an incisive tale that, despite its tendency toward whimsy and cuteness, manages to combine brilliant zingers with deep, lasting reflections on relationships. Director Rob Reiner encourages top-notch performances from his ideal cast. All four of the leads devour their meaty roles with aplomb, though Meg Ryan is a revelation; her winsome cheeriness and comic timing had never been highlighted so well. Carrie Fisher and Bruno Kirby, perpetual character actors, are given ample opportunities to shine and both do. The sappy ending is of a piece with Ephron's other work, but it's a small flaw in the grand scheme of this charming picture, set eloquently to the music of Harry Connick Jr. Kudos as well to cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, who offers a picturesque New York to make Gotham dwellers proud.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]

Special Features

Over seven minutes of never-before-seen footage; Audio commentary with director Rob Reiner; "Making-Of" documentary with Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, and cast and crew; Music video by Harry Connick Jr.; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Crystal Harry Burns
Meg Ryan Sally Albright
Carrie Fisher Marie
Bruno Kirby Jess
Steven Ford Joe
Lisa Jane Persky Alice
Michelle Nicastro Amanda
Kuno Sponholz Documentary Couple
Charles Dugan Documentary Couple
Connie Sawyer Documentary Couple
Katherine Squire Documentary Couple
Al Christy Documentary Couple
Bernie Hern Documentary Couple
Frances Chaney Documentary Couple
Donna Hardy Documentary Couple
Jane Chung Documentary Couple
Janet Hirshenson Actor
Jane Jenkins Actor
Gretchen Palmer Stewardess
Robert Alan Beuth Man on Aisle
David Burdick 9-Year-Old Boy
Joe Viviani Judge
Harley Jane Kozak Helen
Joseph Hunt Waiter at Wedding
Kevin Rooney Ira
Franc Luz Julian
Tracy Reiner Emily
Kyle Heffner Gary
Kimberley LaMarque Waitress
Stacey Katzin Hostess
Estelle Reiner Older Woman Customer
John Arceri Christmas Tree Salesman
Peter Day Joke Teller at Wedding
Rose Wright Documentary Couple
Aldo Rossi Documentary Couple
Peter Pan Documentary Couple

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director,Co-producer
Steve Abrams Makeup
Stephen Abrums Makeup
Joseph Campayno Makeup
Ken Chase Makeup
Harry Connick Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
Nora Ephron Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
M. Todd Henry Camera Operator
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Robert Leighton Editor
Peter Montagna Makeup
Jane Musky Production Designer
George R. Nelson Set Decoration/Design
Steve Nicolaides Co-producer,Production Manager
Andrew Scheinman Co-producer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer,Musical Arrangement
Barry Sonnenfeld Cinematographer
Jeffrey Stott Co-producer
Harold Thrasher Production Designer
Aaron Barsky Worth Asst. Director
Sabrina Wright-Basile Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 17 chapter(s) covering 01:35:23
1. Credits/Title/Intro. [:10]
2. Life Story. [2:36]
3. Men and Women. [7:25]
4. It's You. [:09]
5. Amendment. [3:56]
6. Somebody Else. [3:05]
7. Beautiful Friendship. [:57]
8. Growing Up. [4:57]
9. Faking It. [3:11]
10. To Helen Back. [2:04]
11. The Rules of Love. [5:39]
12. The Morning After. [4:49]
13. A Mistake. [3:07]
14. Just Beautiful. [1:08]
15. Old Friends. [7:05]
16. End Credits. [6:28]


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When Harry Met Sally 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
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This movie makes you wish you were with them ,then maybe you'd have luck like them..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are Superb in this movie!! A must see movie for all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fifteen years later, this movie still holds up well despite all the rehashes and knock-offs that came afterward including those starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan themselves. In particular, I¿m thinking of ¿Forget Paris¿, ¿Sleepless in Seattle¿, ¿French Kiss¿, ¿You¿ve Got Mail¿ and the list goes on. These subsequent and in my opinion, inferior films only reinforce how good this one truly is. The simple concept of believing (or not) that men and women can be friends without facing some sexual tension is definitely worth building a comedy around, and director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron have done a fine job capturing the male/female perspectives in the movie. Some of the observations are priceless. A great example is when in the midst of explaining Ingrid Bergman¿s appeal in ¿Casablanca¿, Harry explains that Sally is the worst kind of female, a high maintenance woman who thinks she is low maintenance. Another one is when Sally describes quite realistically why she broke up with her long-time boyfriend over the freedom they thought they had but could never capitalize on. In between these scenes, Reiner uses a technique that Warren Beatty similarly used in ¿Reds¿ ¿ interspersing the story with ¿real¿ people illuminating the themes of the story in a documentary-style fashion. It¿s a nice touch, though they are somewhat hit-and-miss and seem to belabor the same message over and over again. As for the two stars themselves, this is a textbook example of how the sum truly is more than the individual parts, as above all else, the natural rapport between Crystal and Ryan works nicely for a movie like this. It¿s a shame they have yet to team up again. Personally, I find Crystal very likeable but not an actor of any real gravity. He has a tendency to deliver lines as if they were part of a stand-up routine, which works fine during the comedy parts. I loved the ¿¿but I will partake of your pecan pie¿ interchange at the Metropolitan Museum, which sounds very much like one of his bits, or how he reacts and kibitzes during a frustrating game of Pictionary. As Harry, he is one funny guy. However, in the more serious moments, such as his heated frustration over the wagon wheel table or especially when he realizes the errors of his ways at the end, he seems considerably less comfortable. On the other hand, Ryan seems to get what makes her character tick, showing the growth in her oft-frustrated character in an unforced way. This was her first starring role, and she is certainly on full twinkle here. But this time, it works since she exhibits a freshness that makes Sally captivating despite her anal-retentive, perfect-world-aspiring ways. In fact, she inhabits the role so well that she seems to have been doing variations on Sally in her subsequent romantic comedies. And yes, the overly discussed ¿fake orgasm¿ scene is still funny after repeated viewings. Bruno Kirby and an especially acerbic Carrie Fisher provide able support in the best friend roles, as they find a much more direct route to their own characters¿ romance. The extras on the DVD are not terribly exciting. The making-of documentary seems patched together and doesn¿t provide much more insight except to make the admission that Reiner was the inspiration for Harry and Ephron for Sally. The deleted scenes, for the most part, are plain awful and just illustrate the wise decision to cut them, and the Harry Connick Jr. video of the old standard ¿It Had to be You¿ already seems quite dated. Regardless, this is a film to enjoy for its battery-operated comic banter and its shrewd observations of the male-female psyches. It¿s a movie you want to visit every once in a while like an old friend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this movie. Personally, I think it should be rated PG-13, but I saw it on TV, so maybe they edited out the rated R stuff because sometimes they do that. But its a wonderful story. Some good things about this movie are its well written, the actors have at least some chemistry, there's no disturbing scenes, and much much more! Some bad things are there needs to be more chemistry and it moves too slow. But watch it, its great! I recommend this movie for ages 15 and up, though if you are mature for your age at 13 or 14, I say watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently watched this movie for about the 20th time. It hasn't lost it's lustre. I remember when they were casting this movie, and there was an uproar regarding Billy Crystal getting the lead role - thought it was because he was friends with Rob Reiner - the director. Well, let's just say that I can't imagine ANYONE ELSE delivering the one-liners that are so crucial to the overall enjoyment of the movie!!! And this is definitely Meg Ryan's BEST movie. I just purchased the CD soundtrack for the movie (my first copy was warped) and I'm enjoying it as well - almost 20 years later. Do yourself a favor and rent this movie again. It is a MUST SEE (over and over again).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok so a man and a woman can be more than just friends Harry and Sally meet atfirst they don't really like each other but when they see each other aging they start to like eachother and they fall in love i love Billy Crystals speech that he says to Meg Ryan at the new year's eve party very romantic yes a man and woman can be more than just friends they could be lovers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this movie - perfect for watching over and over again late at night or on rainy days.
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This is one of them. When Harry Met Sally is about 2 friends and raises the questions of can a woman and man be friends? Now I know which movie that scene when they're in the diner and well you know the rest, comes from. Didn't know that Carrie Fisher was in this, who plays a great supporting character. I'm not a fan of movies like this, but this was pretty good and funny. Recommend it if you like romantic comedies.
lacers More than 1 year ago
I love When Harry Met Sally. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. The reason I probably love it is it speaks so much truth about men, women and their relationships. It's a unique movie that so many have seen or know about. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal make a terrific pair. The dialogue is great and Rob Reiner did a great job as director. I definitely recommend it anyone that enjoys romantic comedy with a great cast.
JBomb2 More than 1 year ago
This movie made me fall in love with meg ryan, billy crystal, rob reiner, and everybody else. Also, I fell in love with rom coms in general. Highly recommended.
pabenham More than 1 year ago
A new favorite movie of mine. I have watched it many times.
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