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When Harry Met Sally (Special Edition) [Import]
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Crystal/Ryan/Fisher/Kirby/Ford ~ When Harry Met Sally
Nora Ephron wrote the brisk screenplay for this 1989 romantic comedy, director Rob Reiner made a nicely glossy New York story (very much in a Woody Allen vein) out of it, and Billy Crystal's unstoppable charm made it something really special. Crystal and Meg Ryan play longtime platonic friends who keep dancing around their deeper feelings for one another, and Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher are their respective pals who fall in love and get married. Ryan doesn't get a lot of funny material, but her performance is typically alive and intuitive, and she more than holds her own with Crystal's comic motor mouth and sweet sentimentality. Reiner is on comfortable ground, liberated from the burden of making serious statements in the lead-footed manner of subsequent features. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product Description
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But I did like it- a lot. The movie centers around Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan). We see them meet in 1977, when Sally is taking Harry from Chicago to New York as a favor for her friend (also Harry's girlfriend) They begin a conversation almost immediately after the trip starts where they discuss death, classic movies (Casablanca is discussed and even a section is shown throughout the film), and the ultimate question- can a man and woman be just friends?
The movie really is about answering this question. Crystal's first response is that it is impossible because "the sex thing always gets in the way". We see Harry and Sally five years later, in an airport, and then another five years later when both have seemingly moved on. Of course they will develop a relationship and put those friendship barriers to the test.
What makes this film so much fun is the frank way director Rob Reiner expresses what the average man and woman think about certain situations. Crystal is the everyman, who gives the typical chauvenist slant on all things, while Sally is as high maintenance as it gets, just watch her order something in a restaurant. The dialog never gets old, and you will find yourself smiling at the lines, probably remembering a time when you felt exactly the same way. Maybe that time is right now.
Both Crystal and Ryan are fabulous here, in roles that fit them perfectly. Ryan has never looked better.Read more ›
There are a lot of good points in this movie, for both guys and gals to know. So it's not just a chick flick, guys will get an insight into girls minds (yes, we do fake it occasionally) and girls will get an insight into guys mind (they want to sleep with every girl they see). So maybe that's a bit sexist. Tell me something that isn't.
On the second watching, I found myself really enjoying this movie. I find myself identifying with Sally - I am actually one of those annoying people who checks there is letters in the envelopes, and that the envelopes are stamped before putting them in the postbox! Embarrassingly enough, I do that. Plus the film is so romantic. No doubt some stone hearts won't even be able to shed a tear out there when the finale is all happy.
I hope one day there is a special edition of this out someday. (There is currently a 10th Anniversary Special Edition out of Sleepless In Seattle) But there are some good extras on this anyway - audio commentary by director Rob Reiner, 7 minutes of never-before-seen footage, making-of documentary featuring interviews with Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron, Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal and a boring (am I the only person who can't stand him?) music video by Harry Connick Jr.
Of course, everyone knows this movie for the infamous fake orgasm scene, which Meg Ryan performs quite brilliantly. All I can say is I wish it were that easy!Read more ›
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The quality of the disc is great. It was nice to get a note from the seller saying they love this movie too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paula J.
The perfect movie for helpless romantics. I've seen this movie at least two dozen times. The movie's episodic structure and the vignettes from "real couples" between each... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Denis Bernicky
One of my favourites. Smart funny and just the perfect romantic movie to watch with your loved one.Published 14 months ago by Aaron B.
For me Billy Crystal was not the right actor for Meg Ryan in this movie.Published 14 months ago by Toivo Roht