It’s hard to believe that the classic rom-com When Harry Met Sally… was released over 25 years ago back in 1989! The Columbia Pictures release was never intended to be the success it was, especially when considering the big-budget blockbusters it was up against such as Batman and Indiana Jones during the time of it’s release. The surprise 1989 hit went on to rake in over $ 90 million and resonated with audiences for it’s frank, honest and downright hilarious presentation of the friendship dynamic between women and men. Stars Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, who played Sally and Harry respectively, had infectious chemistry and were a huge force behind why the classic rom-com became the cultural sensation it is today. Follow along to learn 12 fun facts you probably didn’t know about When Harry Met Sally:
Nora Ephron had an undeniable sharp writing style with the quick and witty banter between Harry and Sally throughout the film! Surprisingly, Ephron actually was not a fan of the title of the film, especially the “…” punctuation at the end. She went through quite a few trials before settling on a name and considered Boy Meets Girl, How They Met, and Harry, This Is Sally, but eventually she and director Rob Reiner turned the naming selection into a crew competition for a bottle of champagne and settled on When Harry Met Sally…
The characters of Harry and Sally were actually modeled after the director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron! Reiner divorced director Penny Marshall in 1981 after 10 years of marriage before meeting Nora Ephron in the mid-’80s. He pitched multiple ideas for movies, mostly comedies about his dating experience, and Ephron agreed to write the script after interviewing Reiner extensively. Although the two simply remained friends rather than pursuing a romance like Sally and Harry, the two companions definitely had many similar conversations about the different ways that men and women view relationships.
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