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Billy Crystal lies with Meg Ryan.
Billy Crystal lies with Meg Ryan.

Thumbnail for When Harry Met Sally (1989) When Harry Met Sally (1989)

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Category: Comedy, Drama, RomanceNotable as: Romance FilmSub-Category: Romantic comedy, Romance Film, Comedy, DramaNarrative location: New York City, ChicagoRuntime: 89 - 96 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York City, ChicagoDirector: Rob ReinerScreenwriter: Nora EphronMusic: Marc ShaimanCinematography: Barry SonnenfeldStars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford, Lisa Jane Persky, Michelle Nicastro, Gretchen Palmer, Robert Alan Beuth Producer: Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Nora EphronStudio: Castle Rock EntertainmentAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Nora Ephron)Award details: (details at IMDb)

When Harry Met Sally… is a 1989 American romantic comedy film written by Nora Ephron and directed by Rob Reiner. It stars Billy Crystal as Harry and Meg Ryan as Sally. The story follows the title characters from the time they meet just before sharing a cross-country drive, through twelve years or so of chance encounters in New York City. The film raises the question "Can men and women ever just be friends?" and advances many ideas about relationships that became household concepts, such as those of the "high-maintenance" girlfriend and the "transitional person". The origins of the film came from Reiner's return to single life after a divorce. An interview Ephron conducted with Reiner provided the basis for Harry. Sally was based on Ephron and some of her friends. Crystal came on board and made his own contributions to the screenplay, making Harry funnier. Ephron supplied the structure of the film with much of the dialogue based on the real-life friendship between Reiner and Crystal. The soundtrack consists of standards performed by Harry Connick, Jr., with a big band and orchestra arranged by Marc Shaiman. Connick won his first Grammy Award for Best Jazz Male Vocal Performance.

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