I thought the film was terrific when I saw it in theaters twelve years ago. Recently in watching it again on cable, I was amazed at the quality of the screenplay. I didn’t notice the first time. But on repeated viewings (like reliving Groundhog Day), I was impressed at the story created by the writers. This film is so much more than witty jokes and comic riffs arranged around a gimmick. It has an internal logic and consistency that is very rarely found in screenplays. No joke seemed disposable, and as you laugh your way along, the philosophy underlying the film takes over your imagination.Check the IMDb listings for this film’s awards: look at the numerous British awards for writing. And yet this film was not even nominated for an Oscar. It is so rare that a film’s jokes seem just as fresh more than a decade later, but I believe that is because the theme underlying the humor will never go out of fashion.The acting was terrific, and I now think this is Bill Murray’s best work (though I didn’t take it seriously when I first saw the film.) But the screenplay is the one of the finest ever written. I don’t know if it’s studied in film schools, but it ought to be.* * * * *ON HAROLD RAMIS’ DEATH: Ramis told The Associated Press in a 2009 story about the 50th anniversary of Second City. “When you hit it right, those things last.”I found that quote in a story on Ramis’ death. The story curiously did not mention “Groundhog Day.” If there is any film to serve as a fitting memorial for Harold Ramis, it must be “Groundhog Day.” A totally perfect script, perfectly executed. He hit it right, and when will he get the recognition he deserved decades ago?
Groundhog Day (1993) Movie Data
Groundhog Day (1993) is Romance Comedy Fantasy Genres film which released in 1993. Groundhog Day (1993) supported by Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, and Bill Murray. This movie has 1h 41min duration and rating around 8.0 star from 467,182 movie experts. Not bad.
Groundhog Day (1993) Short Storyline
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Actor Actress behind Groundhog Day (1993) Movie
Bill Murray,Andie MacDowell,Chris Elliott
Director: Harold Ramis
Writer: Danny Rubin
Groundhog Day (1993) PLOT STORY
A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting “rat” (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the ‘following’ day he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.
Misanthropic TV weatherman/broadcaster, Phil Connors, is annoyed and despondent when he’s assigned the job of covering the annual Groundhog festivities in the small “Hick” town of Punxsutawney – making this his fourth in a row. The only noticeable upside is his attractive and good-natured producer. But the real nightmare begins when Phil ends up reliving the same day (Groundhog Day) over, and over again. Unable to leave the town due to a severe blizzard, and with no end in sight, Phil struggles to find a way to escape (and ultimately make the best of) his seemingly hopeless situation.
TV weatherman Phil Connors is cynical, to say the least, and having to go yet again to Punxsutawney, Pa. on February 2 to see if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow isn’t his idea of fun. He’s grumpy with his segment producer Rita and downright nasty with cameraman Larry. He doesn’t take the shadow business at all seriously but the next morning, awakens to find he is reliving the same day. Initially disbelieving and fighting what is happening to him, Phil eventually accepts that he will re-live the same day over and over again. He uses the opportunity to acquire new skills – piano playing and ice carving among them – and soon becomes the most admired man in Punxsutawney. Just how many times he relives the day, however, is anyone’s guess.
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