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10 Quirky Facts About "When Harry Met Sally" You Probably Didn't Know

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When Harry Met Sally is one of the best romantic movies ever. Even though it was released almost 30 years ago, it is still a classic. There are actually a lot of quirky facts about this movie that you probably didn't know. Here are 10 facts about When Harry Met Sally, you probably didn't know:

1. Harry's character was based off director, Rob Reiner.

Nora Ephron, the writer of the film, interviewed him before writing the script and used insights while developing Harry's character. Ephron also wanted Reiner to considered taking the role of Harry, but he decided against it.

2. Sally's character was based off writer, Nora Ephron.

She describes herself as, "optimistic, cheerful, a control freak, and the type of person who's "just fine" with everything," so she wanted to make Sally the same way. Sally's eating habits are even based off of Ephron's picky eating.

2. Rob Reiner is featured in the movie, sort of.

At the New Years Eve party, the off-screen voice that says, "Hey everybody, 10 seconds until New Years," is actually Reiner's voice. Saves having to hire an actor I guess.

3. Molly Ringwald was originally offered the role of Sally.

She had to decline the role because her schedule was too busy to take it on. She later played Sally in the stage version in London in 2004.

4. Harry and Sally weren't supposed to end up together.

Remember the amazing proposal scene that made the entire movie? Yeah, that wasn't supposed to happen. The script was originally written for the two to separate at the end of the movie. What changed this was, Harry being based on the director, Rob Reiner. When they began filming Reiner wasn't seeing anyone, but by the end he had met his future wife and decided to change the ending of the film.

5. It was one of the most lucrative films of 1989.

This movie made $92,961,960 according to The Numbers. It ranked in, ahead of The Little Mermaid, Christmas Vacation, and Field of Dreams.

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