Again and again: Cinema to show Groundhog Day double bill as Harold Ramis tribute
The viewings are held 'in memory of Harold Ramis'
Friday 28 February 2014
In Ramis's 1993 comedy, Bill Murray plays a weatherman forced to relive Groundhog Day over and over again.
For three hours and 22 minutes, like the character, you can relive the action, again and again.
If you are a fan, a double feature of the film will come across as a fitting tribute. And if you have never seen it, watching it twice in a row you will have no excuse not to absorb every last detail of this flick, which was added to the National Film Registry in 2006.
The film will be shown, twice, on 20 April at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. Between the two viewings there will also be a "Celebration of Harold Ramis" reel, picking some favourite moments from his career.
Bill Murray on Monday issued a statement to Time Magazine about Ramis's death on 24 February. "He has earned his keep on this planet. God bless him," he said.
"Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him."
While working on Groundhog Day Murray and Ramis had a falling out, which resulted in their professional partnership to never grant the silver screen again.
In an article by The New Yorker, writer Danny Rubin who wrote the script of the film explained "They were like two brothers who weren’t getting along. And they were pretty far apart on what the movie was about."
Before Groundhog Day, Ramis and Murray worked together on five other projects. In 1979, Ramis co-wrote Meatballs in which Murray had his first starring role.
In 1984 Ramis worked on Ghostbusters which went onto gaining worldwide success. The film was followed by a sequel in 1989.
In 2009, there were talks of a third opus in the Ghostbusters franchise. The third film has been reported to be a go-ahead, although with tweaks to the screenplay following the actor/writer/director's death.
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