Justin Posted January 14, 2016 Report Share Posted January 14, 2016 Atari I/O Movie Club Presents A Harold Ramis Film 1993 Columbia Pictures [PG] Rated [PG] Directed by Harold Ramis Produced by Harold Ramis, Trevor Albert Screenplay by Harold Ramis, Danny Rubin Story by Danny Rubin Starring Bill Murray, Andie McDowell, Chris Elliott Music by George Fenton Cinematography by John Bailey Edited by Pembroke J. Herring Distributed by Columbia Pictures Released February 12, 1993 Running time: 101 minutes Budget $14,600,000.00 Box office $70,900,000.00 96% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes ON COMEDY CENTRAL TUESDAY, FEB 2nd 11:21AM, 2:07PM, 4:46PM, 7:24PM EST Plot Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a jaded, sarcastic weather “personality” who finds joy in nothing. He doesn’t delight in his work, or his coworkers, or especially in the idea of heading up to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania just to cover a yearly ritual he thinks is ridiculous. How can a groundhog tell the weather? Groundhog Day, however, isn’t about the rodent, or the weather, or really about Phil the human. If you had a chance to live as long as you could possibly want, and for much longer, what would you do to put purpose into your days? As a Classic Movie The popularity and critical consensus of Groundhog Day has increased significantly since its initial release, with the film currently holding a 96% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and being aired numerous times on television. The film is regarded as a contemporary classic. Roger Ebert revisited it in his "Great Movies" series. After giving it a three-star rating in his original review, Ebert acknowledged in his "Great Movies" essay that, like many viewers, he had initially underestimated the film's many virtues and only came to truly appreciate it through repeated viewings. Learn More: The Retroist | IMDB | Wikipedia | Rotten Tomatoes Watch: iTunes | Amazon | eBay | Rent on YouTube Movie Trivia Estimates regarding how long Phil is trapped in the time loop vary widely. Director Ramis stated in the DVD commentary that he believes 10 years pass. However, in an e-mail response sent to Heeb magazine, Ramis wrote, "I think the 10-year estimate is too short. It takes at least 10 years to get good at anything, and allotting for the down time and misguided years he spent, it had to be more like 30 or 40 years." According to actor Stephen Tobolowsky, Ramis told him that the entire progress of Groundhog Day covered 10,000 years. "I always thought that there were nine days represented [in the film], and Danny Rubin, the writer, said that he felt something like 23 days were represented in the movie, [but they lasted] over 10,000 years." In 2014, website WhatCulture went through every stage of the film, calculated that Phil spent "12,395 days" in the time loop, or, without elaborating on leap years, "33 years and 350 days." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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