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Episode 9: When Harry Met Sally (1989) - Famous Restaurant Scene Recreation, and First Dates!

Updated: Sep 22

See our take on "When Harry Met Sally" most iconic scene!

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Fun Facts About the Movie:

Cast and Crew:

Directed by Rob Reiner

Written by Nora Ephron

Billy Crystal as Harry Burns

Meg Ryan as Sally Albright

Carrie Fisher as Marie

Bruno Kirby as Jess

Steven Ford as Joe

Lisa Jane Persky as Alice

Michelle Nicastro as Amanda

Box Office:

$92.8 million USD (and was the 11th highest-grossing movie of the year, behind hits such as Ghostbusters II and Batman)


BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay


Rotten Tomatoes- 91%

IMDb- 7.7/10

Fun Facts:

  • Tom Hanks turned down the lead role as Harry because he was “happily” getting divorced at the time. Also, Albert Brooks, Michael Keaton, Harrison Ford, and Bill Murray were all considered before landing on Billy Crystal.

  • The writing for the script was inspired by Nora Ephron (writer) and Rob Reiner’s (director) relationship, except for the falling in love part. Their candid relationship and quirky personalities were heavily influential in the script writing.

  • It was a tough time trying to land on a perfect name for the movie, so Rob Reiner had a title-naming competition with his team with a full case of champagne as the reward. Nora Ephron came up with Boy Meets Girl, Just Friends, Words of Love, and Harry, This is Sally.

  • The iconic line “I’ll have what she’s having” is actually said by director Reiner’s mother, Estelle.

  • The four-way call was the most difficult scene to shoot, taking the actors 61 times to get the perfect take. In order to make the lines properly synchronized, they used three cameras and filmed the actors on separate sets at the same time and were connected by a real telephone.

  • The movie originally ended with Harry and Sally going their separate ways. However, Reiner fell in love with Michele Singer (who he is married to now) while making the film, so he thought the characters’ endings needed to be happier too.

Our Ratings:

William Lee - 9.5

Lisa - 8

JT - 7

Cowtown Drive-In Average - 8.166

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