A small but poignant look back at the making of "Groundhog Day" featuring director/writer Harold Ramis, writer Danny Rubin, actors Andie MacDowell and Stephen Tobowloswky and producer Trevor Albert. Why overuse words to explain why you should see this documentary? It's about the behind the scenes of "Groundhog Day", just one of the greatest film experiences ever created, no overstatement in that. I told you what this was all about, right? Oh boy, feels like I'm stuck in time forever.
Now seriously, it's usual like those things go with cast and crew discussing aspects of making the movie, how ideas were created and curious stories about scouting locations, working with talents like Bill Murray (too bad he's absent from this project) and a few out-takes. Nothing but praise to one of the greatest hits of the 1990's. And since those docs tend to be self-congratulatory, you won't be seeing here the major discussion Murray and Ramis had about the directions the movie should take, with Ramis developing the humored repetitions of reporter Phil Connors' life that builds toward finding his way out of hiding in his own shadow; and Murray wanting to make a more philosophical film, questioning the reasoning behind being trapped in time. The director won, as we all know it. While this trivia isn't confirmed on the film, at least we have Tobolowsky sharing great stories about Bill Murray pleasing the extras with boxes of candies; and Ramis presenting one interesting technical bit never thought before: the infamous scenes involving Ned Ryerson (Tobolowsky) meeting with Phil on the street were all filmed in one day to avoid weather transitions during the shots because the weather had to stay the same through the course of the fatidic February 2nd. The difference, however, was placed on the actors' shoulders, specially Bill, because at each meeting he had to act differently whenever he sees Ned. Very good bonus material. 8/10
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