Groundhog Day (film)

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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day (movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Harold Ramis
Produced by
  • Trevor Albert
  • Harold Ramis
Screenplay by
Story by Danny Rubin
Starring
Music by George Fenton
Cinematography John Bailey
Edited by Pembroke J. Herring
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • February 12, 1993 (1993-02-12)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14.6 million[1]
Box office $70.9 million (North America)[2]

Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy-comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott. It was written by Ramis and Danny Rubin, based on a story by Rubin.

Murray plays Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again. After indulging in hedonism and committing suicide numerous times, he begins to re-examine his life and priorities.

In 2006, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[3] A stage musical version of the film premiered in 2016.

Plot[edit]

During his nightly TV weather forecast on February 1, meteorologist Phil Connors (Bill Murray) confidently reassures Pittsburgh viewers that an approaching winter storm will miss western Pennsylvania completely. He then sets off with news producer Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) for Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the next morning's Groundhog Day festivities. Phil makes no secret of his contempt for the assignment, the small town, and the "hicks" who live there.

On February 2, Phil awakens at his Punxsutawney bed & breakfast to Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" on the clock radio, and tapes a half-hearted report on Punxsutawney Phil and the town's festivities. Rita wants to stay and cover some of the other events; Phil wants to leave immediately. The blizzard, in defiance of Phil's forecast, resolves the issue by blanketing the area in snow and stranding them in Punxsutawney.

The next morning, Phil awakens once again to "I Got You Babe". Strangely, there is no snow on the ground; and the day's events repeat exactly as the day before, to the smallest detail. The following day is another identical repetition; Phil is trapped in a time loop, repeating Groundhog Day over and over. No matter how he varies his routine, trying to break the loop, he awakens every morning to "I Got You Babe" and yet another rerun of Groundhog Day. With no obvious way out—and apparently nothing to lose—he passes the endless, identical days with drunken binges, reckless driving adventures, and one-night stands. He also finds himself increasingly attracted to Rita, but she rejects all of his various seduction schemes.

Now profoundly depressed, Phil's morning report becomes progressively more cynical and offensive, until one day he kidnaps Punxsutawney Phil and leads police on a wild chase before plunging to his death off a high overlook—only to awaken yet again on Groundhog Day morning, listening to "I Got You Babe". More suicide attempts, using every method he can imagine, end exactly the same way. In desperation, Phil confides in Rita, telling her the whole story, and convincing her by correctly predicting each trivial incident as it is about to occur. After a happy day together, they fall asleep in Phil's bed; but he awakens alone to "I Got You Babe", still trapped in the time loop.

At last, Phil realizes that the daily repetition, and his intimate knowledge of every detail of the day's events, can be put to constructive use. He learns to play the piano, sculpt ice, and speak French (or another language in some foreign-language versions) from local instructors. His report of the Groundhog Day celebration becomes so eloquent that all the other reporters turn their microphones to him. After a lifetime of self-absorption, he begins addressing the needs of others. When a homeless man dies despite his best efforts to save him, he begins averting disasters that he stood by and watched many times before. He befriends the townspeople he once shunned and, with the benefit of his unique hindsight, helps some of them through personal crises and steers others toward better decisions. Rita notices his seemingly "overnight" transformation, and is impressed. That evening at the town's Groundhog Day dinner-dance, she "wins" Phil with the top bid at the charity bachelor auction. Phil makes a beautiful snow sculpture of Rita's face, and tells her that no matter what happens, even if he is doomed to continue awakening alone each morning forever, he wants her to know that he is finally happy, because he loves her.

In the morning, "I Got You Babe" is playing on the radio—but the snow is still on the ground, and Rita is still beside him. At last, it is February 3! After Phil explains to Rita why he fell asleep on her the previous night ("It was the end of a very long day"), they walk hand in hand through the peaceful, snow-covered town. "It's so beautiful," Phil says. "Let's live here!"

Cast[edit]

Andie MacDowell with groundhog, 2008

Production[edit]

Prior to Murray's casting, Tom Hanks [4] and Michael Keaton [5] turned down the lead role. In the original screenplay, written by Danny Rubin, the story line began mid-narrative with Phil already inexplicably trapped in the time loop, and ended with his suicide, only to awaken on the morning of February 2 once again. In that version, Rita eventually confessed to being trapped in a time loop of her own.[6]

"Ned's Corner" commemorative plaque, Woodstock, IL
Tip Top Bistro, successor to the Tip Top Cafe in Woodstock

During filming, Ramis and Murray's longtime collaboration and friendship ended abruptly, without public explanation. Except for a few words at a wake, and later at a bar mitzvah, the two men did not speak for almost 20 years after the film's release.[7][8] Murray finally initiated a reconciliation—at the suggestion of his brother—only after Ramis entered the final stages of his terminal illness.[9]

Time loop duration speculations[edit]

Estimates regarding how long Phil remains trapped in the loop, in real time, vary widely. During filming, Ramis, who was a Buddhist, observed that according to Buddhist doctrine, it takes 10,000 years for a soul to evolve to its next level. Therefore, he said, in a spiritual sense, the entire arc of Groundhog Day spans 10,000 years.[10] In the DVD commentary, Ramis estimated a real-time duration of 10 years. Later, Ramis told a reporter, "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."[11] In 2014, the website WhatCulture combined various time duration assumptions and estimated that Phil spent a total of 12,395 days—just under 34 years—reliving Groundhog Day.[12]

Location[edit]

The "Cherry Street Inn", actually a private home at the time, and actually on Fremont Street

The film was shot in Woodstock, Illinois, 60 mi (97 km) northwest of Chicago near the Wisconsin border, because Punxsutawney "didn’t have a town center that looked good on camera", according to Ramis,[6] and because Punxsutawney's remote location magnified the logistical problems and expense of filming there.[13] Punxsutawney officials, miffed that their town had been passed over, refused to allow the real Punxsutawney Phil to appear in the movie,[6] but sent representatives to Woodstock to make sure the ceremony was being depicted accurately.[14] (Punxsutawney's actual Groundhog Day celebration is held not in the town itself, but in a clearing atop a wooded hill called Gobbler's Knob, about 2 mi (3.2 km) southeast of Punxsutawney.[15][16]) Punxsutawney Phil was played by a series of groundhogs collectively known as Scooter. "[They] hated my guts from day one," said Murray, who was bitten twice during shooting, severely enough that he was forced to undergo precautionary rabies immunization afterward.[17]

The Tip Top Cafe, where many indoor scenes took place, was a set created for the film; but it became an actual restaurant, the Tip Top Bistro, following the movie's success. Later, it became a coffee and Italian ice cream shop,[18] and after that a fried chicken outlet.[15] The Cherry Street Inn, the Queen Anne-Victorian bed & breakfast where Murray's character stayed, was a private home at the time of filming. Today, it is an actual bed & breakfast.[18]

Since 1992, Woodstock has staged an annual Groundhog Day festival, featuring a dinner dance, free screenings of the movie, and a walking tour of the opera house, bowling alley, movie theatre, Moose Lodge (site of the dinner dance scene), piano teacher's house, Cherry Street Inn, and other locations from the film.[18]

Soundtrack[edit]

Soundtrack Available on Epic Soundtrack

Not on soundtrack album

  • The Musical Compositions:-

Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe", which was released as a promotional Groundhog Day single with "Take Me Round Again" written by George Fenton, performed by Susie Stevens as B-side.

Reception[edit]

The film was released to generally favorable reviews, holding a score of 72 out of 100 at Metacritic.[19] Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave it a B–[20] and Desson Howe of The Washington Post noted that even though the film is a good Bill Murray vehicle, "'Groundhog' will never be designated a national film treasure by the Library of Congress".[21] Nonetheless, the film was selected by the National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress in 2006.[22]

Among positive reviews, Janet Maslin of The New York Times called it "a particularly witty and resonant comedy"[23] and Hal Hinson of The Washington Post called it "the best American comedy since 'Tootsie.'".[24] It was a solid performer in its initial release, grossing $70.9 million in North America and ranking 13th among films released in 1993.[25] It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, but lost to Jurassic Park.[26]

Groundhog Day holds a 96% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The site's consensus reads "Smart, sweet, and inventive, Groundhog Day highlights Murray's dramatic gifts while still leaving plenty of room for laughs".[27] The film is regarded as a contemporary classic. Roger Ebert revisited it in his "Great Movies" series.[28] After giving it a three-star rating in his original review,[29] 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.

The film is number 32 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". In Total Film's 1990s special issue, Groundhog Day was deemed the best film of 1993 (the year that saw the release of Schindler's List, The Piano, A Perfect World and The Fugitive). In 2000, readers of Total Film voted it the seventh greatest comedy film of all time. The Writers Guild of America ranked the screenplay #27 on their list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written.[30][31] In 2009, American literary theorist Stanley Fish named the film as among the ten best American films ever.[32]

Awards[edit]

In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten Top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Groundhog Day was acknowledged as the eighth best film in the fantasy genre.[33][34]


The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

Legacy[edit]

The phrase "Groundhog Day" has entered common use as a reference to an unpleasant situation that continually repeats, or seems to.[39] Jonah Goldberg of the National Review paraphrased the common meaning of "groundhog day" as "same stuff, different day".[40]

In the military, referring to unpleasant, unchanging, repetitive situations as "Groundhog Day" was widespread very soon after the movie's release in February 1993. A magazine article about the aircraft carrier USS America mentions its use by sailors in September 1993.[41] The film was a favorite among the Rangers deployed for Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia in 1993, because they saw the film as a metaphor of their own situation, waiting long periods between raids and monotonous long days.[42] In February 1994, the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga referred to its deployment in the Adriatic Sea, in support of Bosnia operations, as Groundhog Station. A speech by President Clinton in January 1996 specifically referred to the movie and the use of the phrase by military personnel in Bosnia.[43] Fourteen years after the movie was released, "Groundhog Day" was noted as American military slang for any day of a tour of duty in Iraq, often used as a replacement for the slang term "SNAFU" ("Situation Normal: All Fucked Up").[40][44] In fact, an episode of the PBS mini-series Carrier that focuses on the repetition involved in a seafaring deployment is titled "Groundhog Day." In his Iraq War memoir Victory Denied MAJ Roger Aeschliman describes guarding visiting dignitaries for a long year as "Groundhog Day":

The dignitary changes but everything else is exactly the same. The same airplanes drop them off at the same places. The same helicopters take us to the same meetings with the same presenters covering the same topics using the same slides. We visit the same troops at the same mess halls and send them away from the same airport pads to find our own way home late at night. Over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over until we are redeemed and allowed to go home to Kansas. Amen.[45]

Member of Parliament Dennis Skinner likened British Prime Minister Tony Blair's treatment following the 2004 Hutton Inquiry to Groundhog Day. "[The affair] was, he said, like Groundhog Day, with the prime minister's critics demanding one inquiry, then another inquiry, then another inquiry." Blair responded approvingly, "I could not have put it better myself. Indeed I did not put it better myself."[46]

Groundhog Day has been considered a tale of self-improvement which emphasizes the need to look inside oneself and realize that the only satisfaction in life comes from turning outward and concerning oneself with others rather than concentrating solely on one's own wants and desires. The phrase also has become a shorthand illustration for the concept of spiritual transcendence.[47][48] As such, the film has become a favorite of Buddhists[49][50] because they see its themes of selflessness and rebirth as a reflection of their own spiritual messages. It has also, in the Catholic tradition, been seen as a representation of Purgatory. It has even been dubbed by some religious leaders as the "most spiritual film of our time".[51]

Theologian Michael P. Pholey, writing for Touchstone Magazine, commented on the difficulty of determining a single religious or philosophical interpretation of the film, given Harold Ramis's "ambiguous religious beliefs" as "an agnostic raised Jewish and married to a Buddhist", and suggested that when not viewed through a "single hermeneutical lens", the film could be seen as "a stunning allegory of moral, intellectual, and even religious excellence in the face of postmodern decay, a sort of Christian-Aristotelian Pilgrim’s Progress for those lost in the contemporary cosmos."[52]

In 2004, Italian film director Giulio Manfredonia shot a remake of Groundhog Day under the title of È già ieri (It's Yesterday Already). The movie features a mixed cast of Italian and Spanish actors and actresses and is about an egocentric TV documentarian (Antonio Albanese) who finds himself trapped in a time loop during a reportage he is taking in Tenerife.

In the 2015 memoir, Guantánamo Diary, Mohamedou Ould Slahi refers to the film twice (pp. 237, 311) to describe his twelve year long (and still ongoing) confinement in Guantanamo, Cuba.[53]

On February 2, 2016, fans of the film in Liverpool, United Kingdom experienced their own 'Groundhog Day' by watching the film 12 times in 24 hours – 2 February being the day in which the film's protagonist becomes trapped.[54]

Stage adaptation[edit]

In August 2003, Stephen Sondheim when asked what his next project might be said that he was interested in the idea of a musical adaption of Groundhog Day.[55] In a 2008 live chat, however, he said that "to make a musical of Groundhog Day would be to gild the lily. It cannot be improved."[56] In 2009, during an interview with MTV News Harold Ramis revealed that Danny Rubin was working on the book for a musical version of the film[57] and in January 2014, it was revealed that lyricist Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus had teamed up with Rubin.[58] A workshop was held in London on 12 July and Minchin performed a song from the show "Seeing You" during a concert in Hyde Park.[59]

On 2 April 2015, the musical was officially confirmed and it was announced that the show would receive its Broadway premiere in March 2017.[60] It was later announced the musical would receive its world premiere during 2016[61] at The Old Vic theatre in London,[62] as part of director Matthew Warchus debut season as artistic director of the theatre.[63] The musical has a book by Danny Rubin, based on his and Harold Ramis's original screenplay[64] and is directed by Matthew Warchus,[65] with choreography by Peter Darling[66] and design by Rob Howell.[67] The show features an original score and lyrics by Australian comedian and lyricist Tim Minchin.[68] The production reunites most of the creative team behind the 2010 musical Matilda.[69]

See also[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Gilbey, Ryan (2004). Groundhog Day. London: British Film Institute. ISBN 1-84457-032-0. 
  • Rubin, Danny (2012). How to Write "Groundhog Day". Boston: Triad Publishing. ASIN B0072PEV6U. 

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