Coming up on Saturday at the Described Movies: Groundhog Day

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From this Saturday at 2am Eastern, that’s 6pm Saturday in NZ, 4pm in Sydney and 7am in the UK, and repeated every four hours throughout the day, it’s the described movie Groundhog Day from 1993.
Groundhog Day is a 1993 American fantasy comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Ramis and Danny Rubin.
It stars Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott.
Murray portrays Phil Connors, a cynical TV weatherman covering an annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, who becomes trapped in a time loop forcing him to endlessly repeat the day of February 2nd.
The film also stars Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Marita Geraghty, Angela Paton, Rick Ducommun, Rick Overton, and Robin Duke.
Rubin conceived the outline of Groundhog Day in the early 1990s.
He wrote it as a spec script to gain meetings with producers for other work.
It eventually came to the attention of Ramis who worked with Rubin to make his original idea less dark in tone and more palatable to a general audience by enhancing the comedy.
After Murray's casting, he clashed with Ramis over the script; Murray wanted to focus on the philosophical elements, where Ramis focused on the comedy.
Principal photography took place from March to June 1992 almost entirely in Woodstock, Illinois. Filming was difficult, in part because of bitterly cold weather, but also because of the ongoing conflict between Ramis and Murray, who was dealing with his own personal issues.
Groundhog Day was considered a box office hit on its release, if a modest one, earning over $70.9 million to become one of the highest-grossing films of 1993.
It also received generally positive reviews. Reviewers were consistent in praise for the film's successful melding of overly sentimental and deeply cynical moments, and the philosophical message beneath the comedy.
It went on to receive multiple award nominations and won a BAFTA award for Best Original Screenplay.
For all its success, the film marked the end of Ramis' and Murray's long collaborative partnership that had produced films like Caddyshack (1980) and Ghostbusters (1984). The pair would not speak after filming until shortly before Ramis' death in 2014.
The film was a showcase for Murray; previously seen only as a comic actor, his performance led to more serious lead roles in critically acclaimed films.
In the years since its release, the film has grown in esteem and is now considered by many to be among the greatest films of the 1990s and one of the greatest comedy films of all time.
It also had a significant impact on popular culture; the term "Groundhog Day" became part of the English lexicon as a means to describe a monotonous, unpleasant, and repetitive situation.
The film has been analysed as a religious allegory by Buddhists, Christians, and Jews who each see a deeper philosophical meaning in the film's story.
Groundhog Day is also credited with the mainstream acceptance of comedy films featuring fantasy genre elements.
In 2006, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Groundhog Day has been adapted into a 2016 musical and a 2019 video game sequel, Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son.
Directed by: Harold Ramis.
Produced by: Trevor Albert and Harold Ramis.
Screenplay by: Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis.
Story by: Danny Rubin.
Starring : Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott.
Music by: George Fenton.
Cinematography: John Bailey.
Edited by: Pembroke J. Herring.
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures.
Release date: 12 February, 1993.
Running time: 101 minutes.
Country: United States.
Language: English.
Budget: $14.6 million–$30 million.
Box office: $70.9 million (North America).
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