Groundhog Day


1h 43m 1993

Brief Synopsis

A weatherman gets stuck in time, forced to live the same day over and over.

Film Details

Also Known As
Atrapado en el tiempo, Måndag hela veckan, jour sans fin
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Fantasy
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Woodstock, Illinois, USA; Rome, Italy; Woodstock, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m

Synopsis

Teamed with a relentlessly cheery producer and a smart-aleck cameraman, TV weatherman Phil Connors is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself in small town hell. Just when things couldn't get worse, Phil wakes up the next morning to find it's Groundhog Day all over again... and again... and again.

Crew

Cyd Adams

Assistant Director

Trevor Albert

Producer

George H Anderson

Sound Editor

Mary Andrews

Adr Editor

Art Anthony

Prosthetic Makeup

Nicole Arbusto

Casting Associate

Eddy Arnold

Song

Jeff Atmajian

Music Arranger

John Bailey

Dp/Cinematographer

John Bailey

Director Of Photography

Kevin Barlia

Sound Editor

Gary N Baugh

Assistant Art Director

Bill W Benton

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Amy Berk

Art Department Coordinator

Jennifer Bird

Production Assistant

James Blanford

Dp/Cinematographer

James Blanford

Director Of Photography

Ron Bolanowski

Assistant Property Master

Sally Boldt

Music Editor

Sonny Bono

Song

Brian W Boyd

Assistant Director

Sharon Boyle

Music Supervisor

Steve Boyum

Stunts

Jane Brody

Location Casting

Jennifer Butler

Costume Designer

Michael B Butler

Costume Supervisor

Ed Callahan

Sound Editor

Frank P Calzavara

Stunts

Rudy Calzavara

Stunts

Mary Carlson

Script Supervisor

Patrick Caulfield

Costumes

Julie Chandler

Script Supervisor

Ray Charles

Song Performer

Tony Ciccone

Assistant Editor

Nat King Cole

Song

Lin Coleman

Assistant Editor

Ritchie Copenhaver

Location Manager

Beth Cotter

Assistant Camera Operator

Dennis E De La Mata

Key Grip

Deborah Dee

Makeup

George Dileonardi

Transportation Captain

Ann Ducommun

Assistant Sound Editor

James Durante

Apprentice

C. O. Erickson

Executive Producer

C. O. Erickson

Unit Production Manager

Dawn Erickson

Assistant

George Fenton

Song

George Fenton

Music

Eddie Fernandez

Stunts

Howard Feuer

Casting

James Fierro

Stunts

Glory Fioramonti

Stunts

Lisa Fischer

Set Decorator

Valerie Flueger

Set Production Assistant

Sandy French

Assistant Editor

Terry Fryer

Song

Terry Fryer

Song Performer

Linda Gacsko

Other

David Giammarco

Sound Editor

Julie Lynn Glick

Costumes

Louis Goldman

Photography

Michael Haley

Assistant Director

Mark Harper

Stunts

Craig P Herring

Editing

Pembroke J. Herring

Editor

Suzanne Herrington

Assistant

Bill Hoffman

Animal Trainer

Sam Hoffman

Assistant Director

J Alan Hopkins

Assistant Director

Craig Hosking

Helicopter Pilot

Bob Hudgins

Location Manager

Maryann Kelman

Stunts

Jim Kindelon

Stand-In

Michael Kohnhorst

Camera Operator

George Kohut

Dp/Cinematographer

George Kohut

Director Of Photography

Peter Kuttner

Assistant Camera Operator

John A. Larsen

Sound Editor

Alecia Larue

Production Coordinator

Les Lazarowitz

Sound

Lester Lee

Song

Rick Lefevour

Stunt Coordinator

Alan Jay Lerner

Song

Morgan Michael Lewis

Key Grip

Thomas E. Lewis

Lighting Technician

Mark R Lindberg

Lighting

Gaetano Lisi

Assistant Director

Frederick Loewe

Song

Stacy Logan

Stunts

Kimberly Lord

Apprentice

Ann Lukacs

Camera Operator

Jim Mammoser

Stunts

Zeke Manners

Song

Linda Martin

Assistant Sound Editor

Cindy Marty

Sound Editor

Bradley T Matthys

Dolly Grip

Mark E Matthys

Dolly Grip

Dan Maxwell

Transportation Co-Captain

Jim Mccarthy

Stunts

Amie Frances Mccarthy-winn

Property Master

Delbert Mcclinton

Song Performer

Susan B Mencke

Craft Service

Emanuel Millar

Hair Stylist

Kim Miller

Animal Trainer

Kimberly K Miller

Assistant Location Manager

Margaret A Mitchell

Production Accountant

Michael Moyer

Lighting Technician

James J Murakami

Assistant Art Director

David Nichols

Production Designer

Judd Nissen

Production Assistant

Margaret J. Orlando

Other

Dorothy Pearl

Makeup

Linda Perlin

Stunts

Randy Popplewell

Stunts

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Music

Harold Ramis

Screenplay

Harold Ramis

Producer

Harold Ramis

Song

Phil Read

Construction Coordinator

Gina Reale

Stunts

Sergio Reyes

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

John Richards

Other

John L Roman

Assistant Director

Danny Rubin

From Story

Danny Rubin

Screenplay

Danny Rubin

Story By

Thomas P Ryba

Special Effects

Brian M Schwartz

Set Production Assistant

B Tennyson Sebastian Ii

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Peter Lansdown Smith

Art Director

Christina Stauffer

Set Production Assistant

Susie Stevens

Song Performer

Michael L Stone

Camera Operator

Gunnar Swanson

Hair Stylist

Scott R Thomson

Sound

Judi Townsend

Script Supervisor

Karen Fletcher Trujillo

Set Designer

Cindy Walker

Song

James R Weis

Set Production Assistant

Whitney White

Associate Producer

Rich Wilkie

Stunts

Jeffrey Martin Williams

Stunts

Jeffrey A. Williams

Boom Operator

Frankie Yankovic

Song Performer

Film Details

Also Known As
Atrapado en el tiempo, Måndag hela veckan, jour sans fin
MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Fantasy
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1993
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Releasing
Location
Woodstock, Illinois, USA; Rome, Italy; Woodstock, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m

Articles

Groundhog Day


A film about a man condemned to live the same day over and over again doesn't exactly sound like a premise for a box office smash but with Bill Murray in front of the camera and Harold Ramis behind it, anything is possible. Murray plays grouchy weatherman Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (1993), serving out his karmic sentence in the epicenter of the February 2nd festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Andie MacDowell costars as his love interest, with Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Brian Doyle-Murray appearing in supporting roles. Based on a story by Danny Rubin, the script written by Rubin and Ramis featured some key changes from the original version. For example, the original story starts with Connors already in the middle of his time warp; Ramis insisted on creating a backstory to open the film so that Connor's character is established before the strange occurrence, a move designed to minimize the confusion of moviegoers. Also, Rubin originally envisioned that Connor's same-day experience actually happens for thousands of years, but the film drastically reduced the déjà vu quotient!

Some viewers may be surprised to learn that there was no major reason why Groundhog Day was the holiday chosen for the film's backdrop. In an online interview with writer Rubin, he explains: "There were many reasons that Groundhog Day was a good arbitrary choice. It was a good choice because it's in the dead of winter. That made good sense for the story since the main character was stuck in his darkest day. It made sense that the character would come from out of town, and that the character was predicting the weather....It's also an 'unexploited' movie holiday. The reason it became Groundhog Day was that I got the idea right around that time, and I happened to be one of the few people outside Pennsylvania that knew about it." Rubin also didn't see Murray as a good fit for the lead role at first, explaining that, "I wanted a Kevin Kline - someone like that. The studio wanted a big comedian in the center role. I was skeptical. I like Bill Murray's work, but I didn't think he had the acting chops to make it work. Harold [Ramis] told me that [Murray] would be right for the part, and he was right. At that time Bill was starting to take on more meaty roles as an actor, and it came at a good time for him."

The film represented a reunion for Murray and Ramis, who worked together in Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), and Ghost Busters (1984). Apparently, however, there was little love lost between them; Rubin recalls being sent to New York to work with Murray on the script: "...when Ramis phoned him to check in, Murray would shake his head and mouth the words 'I'm not here.' They were like two brothers who weren't getting along, and they were pretty far apart on what the movie was about--Bill wanted it to be more philosophical, and Harold kept reminding him it was a comedy." After filming, the two parted company and - reportedly - haven't spoken since except for incidental exchanges.

Ramis regards Groundhog Day as a pivotal transitional point for Murray as an actor and a person; in a Time magazine article, he states, "In that role he actually got at the edge between the better, higher, gentler Bill and the bad, cranky, dark Bill. He figured out how to project the entirety of himself through character. When we were making the film, I'd launch into some explanation of the scene we were about to do, and he'd say, 'Just tell me-good Phil or bad Phil?'"

The mood between Murray and MacDowell was much more positive by comparison, with crew members recalling their positive chemistry, despite what Ramis called a "strong beauty and the beast quality." In an interview he explained, "She is kind of luminous, you know, I mean she has this perfect skin and a lovely, natural quality, and Bill is, you know, a few miles of rough road there, and yet they looked great together and she seemed to really enjoy him so much."

Playing the hilariously annoying Ned Ryerson, memorable character actor Stephen Tobolowsky remembers that just before filming their scenes together, Murray exclaimed, "The town needs a danish!" and ended up buying hundreds of danish to feed the huge crowd of townspeople watching the filming. The townspeople, incidentally, were not from Pennsylvania at all: the town of Woodstock, Illinois, was used for the shoot instead, due in part to its scenic town square and downtown surroundings. The street spot where Murray repeatedly steps into the puddle actually required the removal of several bricks and is now commemorated by a plaque that reads, "Bill Murray Stepped Here." "Ned's Corner" decorates the area where Phil and Ned first meet. Again. And again.

Displaying other talents, Ramis wrote the lyrics to the song "I'm Your Weatherman," that plays over the beginning and ending credits, and Murray learned enough piano during production to do his own playing.

Additional trivia: MacDowell's character's favorite drink, a sweet vermouth on the rocks, is also the favorite drink of Ramis' wife. And in a fitting display, the actual groundhog used in the film ended up biting Murray. Not once, but twice.

Producer: Trevor Albert, C.O. Erickson, Harold Ramis, Whitney White
Director: Harold Ramis
Screenplay: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis
Cinematography: John Bailey
Film Editing: Pembroke J. Herring
Art Direction: Peter Landsdown Smith
Music: George Fenton
Cast: Bill Murray (Phil Connors), Andie MacDowell (Rita), Chris Elliott (Larry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned Ryerson), Brian Doyle-Murray (Buster Green), Marita Geraghty (Nancy Taylor).
C-101m. Letterboxed.

by Eleanor Quin
Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

A film about a man condemned to live the same day over and over again doesn't exactly sound like a premise for a box office smash but with Bill Murray in front of the camera and Harold Ramis behind it, anything is possible. Murray plays grouchy weatherman Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (1993), serving out his karmic sentence in the epicenter of the February 2nd festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Andie MacDowell costars as his love interest, with Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Brian Doyle-Murray appearing in supporting roles. Based on a story by Danny Rubin, the script written by Rubin and Ramis featured some key changes from the original version. For example, the original story starts with Connors already in the middle of his time warp; Ramis insisted on creating a backstory to open the film so that Connor's character is established before the strange occurrence, a move designed to minimize the confusion of moviegoers. Also, Rubin originally envisioned that Connor's same-day experience actually happens for thousands of years, but the film drastically reduced the déjà vu quotient! Some viewers may be surprised to learn that there was no major reason why Groundhog Day was the holiday chosen for the film's backdrop. In an online interview with writer Rubin, he explains: "There were many reasons that Groundhog Day was a good arbitrary choice. It was a good choice because it's in the dead of winter. That made good sense for the story since the main character was stuck in his darkest day. It made sense that the character would come from out of town, and that the character was predicting the weather....It's also an 'unexploited' movie holiday. The reason it became Groundhog Day was that I got the idea right around that time, and I happened to be one of the few people outside Pennsylvania that knew about it." Rubin also didn't see Murray as a good fit for the lead role at first, explaining that, "I wanted a Kevin Kline - someone like that. The studio wanted a big comedian in the center role. I was skeptical. I like Bill Murray's work, but I didn't think he had the acting chops to make it work. Harold [Ramis] told me that [Murray] would be right for the part, and he was right. At that time Bill was starting to take on more meaty roles as an actor, and it came at a good time for him." The film represented a reunion for Murray and Ramis, who worked together in Caddyshack (1980), Stripes (1981), and Ghost Busters (1984). Apparently, however, there was little love lost between them; Rubin recalls being sent to New York to work with Murray on the script: "...when Ramis phoned him to check in, Murray would shake his head and mouth the words 'I'm not here.' They were like two brothers who weren't getting along, and they were pretty far apart on what the movie was about--Bill wanted it to be more philosophical, and Harold kept reminding him it was a comedy." After filming, the two parted company and - reportedly - haven't spoken since except for incidental exchanges. Ramis regards Groundhog Day as a pivotal transitional point for Murray as an actor and a person; in a Time magazine article, he states, "In that role he actually got at the edge between the better, higher, gentler Bill and the bad, cranky, dark Bill. He figured out how to project the entirety of himself through character. When we were making the film, I'd launch into some explanation of the scene we were about to do, and he'd say, 'Just tell me-good Phil or bad Phil?'" The mood between Murray and MacDowell was much more positive by comparison, with crew members recalling their positive chemistry, despite what Ramis called a "strong beauty and the beast quality." In an interview he explained, "She is kind of luminous, you know, I mean she has this perfect skin and a lovely, natural quality, and Bill is, you know, a few miles of rough road there, and yet they looked great together and she seemed to really enjoy him so much." Playing the hilariously annoying Ned Ryerson, memorable character actor Stephen Tobolowsky remembers that just before filming their scenes together, Murray exclaimed, "The town needs a danish!" and ended up buying hundreds of danish to feed the huge crowd of townspeople watching the filming. The townspeople, incidentally, were not from Pennsylvania at all: the town of Woodstock, Illinois, was used for the shoot instead, due in part to its scenic town square and downtown surroundings. The street spot where Murray repeatedly steps into the puddle actually required the removal of several bricks and is now commemorated by a plaque that reads, "Bill Murray Stepped Here." "Ned's Corner" decorates the area where Phil and Ned first meet. Again. And again. Displaying other talents, Ramis wrote the lyrics to the song "I'm Your Weatherman," that plays over the beginning and ending credits, and Murray learned enough piano during production to do his own playing. Additional trivia: MacDowell's character's favorite drink, a sweet vermouth on the rocks, is also the favorite drink of Ramis' wife. And in a fitting display, the actual groundhog used in the film ended up biting Murray. Not once, but twice. Producer: Trevor Albert, C.O. Erickson, Harold Ramis, Whitney White Director: Harold Ramis Screenplay: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis Cinematography: John Bailey Film Editing: Pembroke J. Herring Art Direction: Peter Landsdown Smith Music: George Fenton Cast: Bill Murray (Phil Connors), Andie MacDowell (Rita), Chris Elliott (Larry), Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned Ryerson), Brian Doyle-Murray (Buster Green), Marita Geraghty (Nancy Taylor). C-101m. Letterboxed. by Eleanor Quin

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter February 12, 1993

Released in United States on Video August 25, 1993

Released in United States June 1999

Shown at Newport International Film Festival (Bill Murray Retrospective) June 1-6, 1999.

Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin received the screenwriter award from the London Film Critics Circle (1993).

Completed shooting June 10, 1992.

Began shooting March 16, 1992.

Released in United States Winter February 12, 1993

Released in United States on Video August 25, 1993

Released in United States June 1999 (Shown at Newport International Film Festival (Bill Murray Retrospective) June 1-6, 1999.)