Harold Ramis’s Response To The Groundhog Day Timeline Study

On the Groundhog Day DVD commentary, writer/director Harold Ramis approximated that Bill Murray’s weatherman spent a decade in Punxsutawney purgatory, and, a couple of months back, along came a blogger who tediously examined the 1992 comedy to find out just how much time was served by the snarky meteorologist. Seriously, we’re talking charts and graphs here.

Blogger’s verdict? Eight years, eight months, and 16 days, a calculation that not only challenges the auteur’s estimate at the outset, but one that has made its rounds on the Net.

In an email Ramis sent to me this afternoon, he refutes the blogger as well as himself: “I think the 10-year estimate is too short. It takes at least 10 years to get good at anything, and, alloting for the down time and misguided years he spent, it had to be more like 30 or 40 years… People have way too much time on their hands. They could be learning to play the piano or speak French or sculpt ice …”

What do you think?

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9 Responses

  1. teke367

    It could be worse, they could have deducted time for when he died before the day was over, example, this day only counts for 17 hours because he electrocuted himself.

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  2. Daryl

    It was only one day. At the end of the movie he does his report on Ground Hogs Day, He arrived the day before. Had he gone missing for years, the van and all his equipment, would have been reported stolen. Geez, it’s so simple!

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