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WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (1989)

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For 30 years this deftly written film has been the benchmark for romantic comedies. Inspired by director Rob Reiner’s experiences after his divorce, the picture uses elements of his personality to craft the male lead, while screenwriter Nora Ephron based Sally on herself, particularly her reputation as a picky eater. The friendship between the title characters was based on Reiner’s relationship with leading man Billy Crystal, although he only got the part after it was turned down by everyone from Tom Hanks to Harrison Ford. Meg Ryan lobbied for the female lead, which made her a star. The film also had a major impact on singer Harry Connick Jr.’s career. It was the first to feature his voice on the soundtrack, singing standards like “It Had to Be You,” “I Could Write a Book” and “Autumn in New York,” and won him his first Grammy Award. The most famous scene, in which Sally fakes an orgasm, was filmed in Katz’s Deli in New York. Ryan suggested the faked orgasm and Crystal added the punch line, which Reiner gave to his mother, Estelle. The deli now has a plaque at the table where they sat: “Where Harry met Sally…hope you have what she had!” (d. Rob Reiner, 95m, DCP)

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