“When Harry Met Sally…” stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan staged a brief reunion of the classic rom-com Monday night in honor of director Rob Reiner, who was awarded the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award.
Crystal and Ryan were just two of a host of stars who came out to celebrate Reiner, including Michael Douglas, Martin Scorsese, and James Caan. But it was Crystal and Ryan’s reunion that had most people talking, since “Harry,” their most iconic collaboration, is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary this summer.
Ryan surprised Crystal on stage as he talked about working with Reiner, and the pair reminisced about the film and their characters, speculating that Harry would still be working as a political consultant, most likely for new New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “During their time on stage, Crystal and Ryan recalled shooting the movie’s infamous fake-orgasm scene. After multiple takes, Ryan was still struggling to get it right, so Reiner sat down opposite Crystal and demonstrated what she should be doing, ferociously pounding the table, the two recalled, with Crystal joking that it made him a little excited.”
In an interview with THR before the ceremony, Crystal also revealed that several key moments from Harry and Sally’s relationship — like the pair chatting on the phone while watching “Casablanca” on cable together — were inspired by real stories from Crystal and Reiner’s long friendship.
“That was so personal to us, because many of the things that Harry and Sally did in the movie, Rob and I did as friends, which we just talked about and Nora [Ephron] was able to work into the script,” Crystal said. “That bonding was very much Rob and I.”
We think it’s beyond sweet that Reiner and Crystal’s real-life bromance inspired an onscreen romance. Here’s hoping that we don’t have to wait another 25 years for more heartwarming “Harry” stories like that one to emerge.
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Gallery | 10 Movie Moments We Want to Relive Over and Over (and Over) Again
- 1. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946)
It doesn’t have to be Christmas time to check in Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in Frank Capra’s heart-squeezing classic. If you’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed, checking in with George Bailey and his family is sure to make you feel a little less bummed out. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, and you’re allergic to singing, and you can’t stand the sight of Jimmy Stewart’s handsome visage — who are you, anyway? Some kind of monster? — you’ll be hard pressed to stay down on life after Clarence gets his wings.
- 2. ‘Ghost’ (1990)
It seems like so long ago that moviegoers could get all steamed up about a frisky ghost and a pottery wheel, but that’s exactly what 1990 was all about. Demi Moore’s character Molly (you in danger, girl!) is throwing pots because she can’t sleep, but her boyfriend Sam (Patrick Swayze, RIP) has a special way to curing insomnia. More’s the pity when later Sam is killed and the only way Molly can recreate this scene is with mega doses of Valerian and a psychic played by Whoopi Goldberg.
- 3. ‘The Princess Bride’ (1987)
“Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!” This is a movie that gives you lots of bang for your movie rewatching buck. However, the “battle of wits” between Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) and Westley (Cary Elwes) for the life of Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) is a sheer delight. Vizzini thinks he’s smart enough to figure out which wine glass has been poisoned, and watching him pontificate about the cleverest way to trick someone is almost as enjoyable as knowing Westley will get the last laugh. Or at least the last smooch from Buttercup.
- 4. ‘Anchorman’ (2004)
This, too, is an embarrassment of riches. How can you choose just one scene to watch over and over again? It’s like choosing your favorite child! If push came to shove, the battle of the news anchors would probably win, if only because it packs so many fabulous people into a short fight montage, like Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins, and Luke Wilson… Plus, Brick Tamland is armed with a trident. A trident.
- 5. ‘When Harry Met Sally’ (1989)
Katz’s was a New York City institution way before it was a location in this Rob Reiner rom-com, but things have never been the same for this Lower East Side deli since Sally (Meg Ryan) performed her operatic O-face during a nosh with Harry (Billy Crystal). Director Rob Reiner’s mom Estelle Reiner has a cameo as the customer with the best zinger of all zings, “I’ll have what she’s having.”
- 6. ‘Say Anything’ (1989)
Remember when boomboxes were a thing? We do. And we remember when the most romantical thing ever was the scene in “Say Anything” when Lloyd Dobbler (John Cusack) stands outside ex-girlfriend Diane Court’s (Ione Skye) window with his boombox blasting “In Your Eyes.” It’s so iconic that gangs of Lloyd look-alikes ran amok in the streets of New York as part of a PR gag for the 20th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray release. Even Lloyd, errr, John got in on the joke when, during a live Peter Gabriel performance last year, he came onstage and handed the famous singer a boombox, who then did the legendary Dobbler pose himself.
- 7. ‘The Breakfast Club’ (1985)
We love the Brat Pack, and we love a good montage, so the famous scene of the kids in “The Breakfast Club” running through the halls of their high school is the best of both worlds. They’re trying to get back to detention before Principal Vernon (Paul Gleason) catches them, but it seems like the guy is everywhere at once. It’s sort of an action scene, a little bit of a dance number, and definitely a fun way for this group of weirdos to bond. It’s definitely a more lighthearted clip to revisit from this John Hughes classic.
- 8. ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’
Of all the Ferris Bueller-y things that Ferris Bueller does on his day off, jumping onto a float in the Von Steuben Day Parade and lip-syncing “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout” is the Bueller-iest. While Cameron (Alan Ruck) and Sloane (Mia Sara) are having a more serious talk about their anxieties over life after high school, Ferris (Matthew Broderick) is like, Whatever, I’m taking over this parade! Me and this ladies in dirndls will be getting the people of Chi-town to shake their bums! Yeah, it’s sheer anarchistic pleasure. There’s even a baby who’s rockin’ out.
- 9. ‘Casablanca’
Sometimes, life calls for a three-hanky movie. “Casablanca” has it all: romance, heartbreak, spies, Nazis, wrenching decisions, music, and booze. If you thought it was hard to avoid your ex on Facebook, you have no idea just how frustrating it must be for Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) to see his former squeeze Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) walk into his café in Casablanca. Yep, “of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world,” Ilsa strolled into yours. Their goodbye scene has arguably one of the best lines in modern cinema. “We’ll always have Paris,” he tells her, looking all dapper in his trench and hat, while her eyes beautifully swell with tears and… Sorry, we have to go blow our nose.
- 10. ‘Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope’
Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is dunzo, head over heels, totally willing to travel the length and the breadth of the galaxy as soon as he sees the hologram of the beautiful Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) pleading, “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” That moment basically imprinted anyone who was born in the ’70s or ’80s with a lifelong desire to play with light sabers and dress in cool uniforms until, well, the foreseeable future. Plus, now we can dress our kids up like the “Star Wars” characters, too. Those Princess Leia buns will never go out of style.
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