January Script Reading & Analysis: “Groundhog Day”

January 27th, 2013 by

The GITS Script Reading & Analysis script for January is the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, story by Danny Rubin.

The movie won the BAFTA Film Award for best original screenplay.

You may download a copy of the script here.

Our schedule for discussion:

Monday, January 28: General comments
Tuesday, January 29: Structure
Wednesday, January 30: Characters
Thursday, January 31: Themes
Friday, February 1: Dialogue

Here are some scenes from the movie:

This will be the 26th script in this series and each month in 2013, I’m going to pick a movie script for me to read and analyze, using the concepts in my character based approach to screenwriting. Of course, I invite everyone to participate in the discussion.

If you source any video or written interviews or behind-the-scenes features about Groundhog Day, especially anything focusing on the script, please post in comments.

“How to Write ‘Groundhog Day'” by screenwriter Danny Rubin is an excellent book, both for fans of the movie and for anyone interested in the craft of screenwriting. You may learn more about the Kindle edition here.

Join me this month as we read and analyze the script for Groundhog Day.

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4 thoughts on “January Script Reading & Analysis: “Groundhog Day”

  1. TheQuietAct says:

    Oh Cool, I love Groundhog Day!

  2. pgronk says:

    Groundhog Day is a favorite. It should be noted that the version of script (2nd Draft, 01/09/92) at the link differs significantly from the movie. For example, the setup in the movie is faster paced. In the movie, the crew is on the road to Punxsutawney by the 4th minute. Whereas in the script, they are not on the road until page 8.

    1. Scott says:

      pgronk, I’ve checked everywhere for a later version of the script that is hosted online, but can’t find it. If you know a link, please email to me. Thanks.

  3. pgronk says:

    I haven’t been able to find a copy of the script on-line that is close to the final cut. I’ve got a draft version 2 as well as a draft version 3 by Harold Ramis, dated 1/30/92. A copy of that draft number 3 can be had this link: http://screenplayexplorer.com/wp-content/scripts/Groundhog-Day.pdf

    But, again, both versions are significantly different from the final cut of the movie. So the question is, what to discuss, the plot, structure, themes, etc. as reflected in the final product, the movie, or rough drafts that are much different?

    I myself would prefer to discuss the script as it is reflected in the final product, the movie. It’s a wonderful, well-crafted story in so many ways.

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