The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
AND DONE The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days ( DAY 80) (#1):
And Done. It is over. Hope it was has fun you as it was for me. I told you it was going to piss you off…..For those of you that real know me, are real that shocked?
1. “When Harry Met Sally…” (1989)
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Billy Crystal—Harry Burns
Meg Ryan—Sally Albright
Lisa Jane Persky—Alice
Facts about the this movie:
*Budget: $16,000,000 (estimated)
*Opening Weekend: $1,094,453 (USA) (41 Screens)
*Gross: $92,823,546 (USA) (1990)
*The segments of married couples telling the stories of how they met are real stories that Rob Reiner collected for the film. Actors relate the stories.
*In the museum scene, Harry adlibs, "But, I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie." Sally laughs and looks to her right where Rob Reiner silently prompts her to go with it
*Before deciding on the title, "Just Friends", "Playing Melancholy Baby", "Boy Meets Girl", "Blue Moon", "Words of Love", "It Had To Be You", "Harry, This Is Sally", and "How They Met", were considered by Nora Ephron, Andrew Scheinman, and Rob Reiner.
*The off-camera voice that says, "Hey everybody, 10 seconds until new year," is Rob Reiner.
* The concept of Sally being a picky eater was based on Nora Ephron, the scriptwriter, and so years after the movie came out, when Nora Ephron was on a plane and ordered something very precise, the stewardess looked at her and asked "Have you ever see the movie 'When Harry Met Sally'?" Sally's picky and crazy eating habits were put into the movie after Rob Reiner saw Nora Ephron ordering her food in the same way Sally did in the movie. When Rob brought this up, Nora said, "I just like it the way I like it," a line which was put into the movie.
*Harry is somewhat based on Rob Reiner. Rob was depressed, and loved being depressed, like Harry Burns in the film. Sally is somewhat based on Nora Ephron. Nora is optimistic, cheerful, loves control, and is the type of person who is "just fine" with everything, just like Sally Albright.
*The orgasm scene was filmed at Katz's Deli, an actual restaurant on New York's E. Houston Street. The table at which the scene was filmed now has a plaque on it that reads, "Where harry met sally... hope you have what she had!"
*Nora Ephron was happy with how the film turned out, but was never happy with the title of the film, and says it's the one thing she would go back and fix if she could.
*While writing the script, Rob Reiner once said, "You know how women have a base of makeup, I have a base of depression. Sometimes I sink below it. Sometimes I rise above it." Since the Harry Burns is based on the depressing Rob, Nora Ephron threw the line into the script, which Rob cut somewhere along the line.
*Rob Reiner, Nora Ephron, and Andrew Scheinman chose beautiful locations to highlight the characters lack of insight - Harry and Sally are as blind to romance as they are to the love growing between them. The same logic was used for Harry's apartment. The windows overlook the Empire State Building. It could either the loveliest - or - loneliest, view in the world.
*Molly Ringwald was offered the role of Sally, but was forced to decline due to a busy schedule. She would later go on to play Sally in the stage version of the film in 2004, on London's West End.
*In an interview with National Public Radio on 2 November 2004, Nora Ephron credited Meg Ryan not only with the idea of faking orgasm in the well-known restaurant scene, but also with the idea of setting it in a restaurant in the first place.
*Albert Brooks turned down the role of Harry Burns.
*During the end scene Harry mentions never understanding what the song Auld Lang Syne was about. Some years earlier Director Rob Reiner also questioned the meaning of the song when portraying Mike Stivic on an episode of All in the Family.
Why I Picked this movie #1:
1.It is timeless
2. It is Billy Crystal best movie from the 1980’s.
3. Incredible chemistry with the whole cast.
4. One the best love story movie from the 1980’s.
5. I have always been able to relate to Harry Burns.
6. True love story being told from a real perspective.
7. Made me fall in love with Meg Ryan.
8. It shaped my thought about love, women and relationship.
9. It is Meg Ryan best movie from the 1980’s.
10. It asks the question if men can be friends with women. And it does the answer the question on some level.
11. It shows the one thing I truly believe…that everything happen for a reason…That is the underline theme. The story told in between the scenes.
12. It is a dialog driven film, which is one my very type of movies.
13. The older I get the more I see everything that this film is saying, is right on.
14. It has kind of shape type of women I would like to be with.
15. Incredible Script.
16. Top five best independent film made in the 1980’s.
17. Incredible story.
18. It is Rob Reiner best film from the 1980’s.
19. Has some of the most memorable quotes / dialog in film history.
20. It is Rob Reiner second best film he has ever made.
21. Has some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
22. Incredible ending.
23. I can watch this movie over, over and over it never get old
24. Non-stop laughing from beginning to conclude.
25. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal have incredible chemistry.
26. Incredible casting.
27. Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal simply incredible in this movie.
28. It was simply but complex.
29. The movie just feels like love.
30. It has some incredible heart string pulling moments, while still being funny.
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