AFI Movie Club Rewind: WHEN HARRY MET SALLY – American Film Institute

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AFI Movie Club Rewind: WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

This film was originally selected as an AFI Movie Club pick on April 9, 2020.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan as romantic foils in Rob Reiner’s classic comedy, from an acclaimed script by Nora Ephron. It is celebrated across a number of AFI’s lists – and shows up at #6 on AFI’s 10 Top 10 list of the greatest romantic comedies of all time! 

Watch Elisabeth Moss introduce WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…

Nora Ephron, Rob Reiner and Billy Crystal talk about the famous diner scene in this exclusive clip from the AFI Archive.

MOVIE TRIVIA

DID YOU KNOW? Tom Hanks, Richard Dreyfuss and Albert Brooks were among the actors considered for the role of Harry before it ultimately went to Billy Crystal. 

DID YOU KNOW? The characters of Harry and Sally were individually based on director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron. 

DID YOU KNOW? The film’s famous line – “I’ll have what she’s having” – was delivered by Rob Reiner’s mother. It was written by Billy Crystal between rehearsals! 

DID YOU KNOW? The location of the “I’ll have what she’s having” scene is not the only production to shoot at the over 100-year-old delicatessen in New York City. DONNIE BRASCO, ENCHANTED, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and LAW & ORDER also filmed there. 

DID YOU KNOW? The scene with the four-way call was filmed on three connected sets simultaneously. The actors were linked by real phone lines allowing them to hear each other – all in service of the scene’s comedic timing. The scene was four pages of dialogue and took over 60 takes to get it right! 

DID YOU KNOW? Nora Ephron was nominated for an Academy Award® for the screenplay of WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…

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WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… – Reelgood

CONVERSATION STARTERS

The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Discussion Questions

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  • After 30 years, why does the film still resonate with fans today? 
  • What are some of your favorite films starring Billy Crystal or Meg Ryan? 
  • What is your favorite romantic comedy? How has the romantic comedy genre changed over the years? 
  • How would you rate WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…? 

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