Harold Ramis Remembered
August 2-September 14
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE
With the untimely passing of comedy great Harold Ramis (1944–2014), AFI Silver takes a look back at some of his best-loved films. (Look for GHOSTBUSTERS in theaters in full-fledged re-release for its 30th anniversary in August.)
AFI Member passes accepted at all screenings.
"What? Over? Did you say over? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!" Written by Harold Ramis and directed by John Landis, this landmark comedy spoofing American campus life in the early '60s combined grossout, fratboy humor with a surprisingly deft critique of American privilege and hypocrisy. John Belushi, in a career-best performance, leads an impressive cast, including Karen Allen, Donald Sutherland, John Vernon, Tom Hulce, Tim Matheson, Peter Riegert and Kevin Bacon.
DIR John Landis; SCR Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, Chris Miller; PROD Ivan Reitman, Matty Simmons. US, 1978, color, 109 min, 35mm. RATED R
Sat, Aug 2, 8:20; Wed, Aug 6, 9:15
"IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER! IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER!..." Counselors and campers at Camp North Star get up to hilarious hijinks in this cult classic comedy, establishing director Ivan Reitman, star Bill Murray and co-writer Harold Ramis in the comedy firmament. With Ramis in a more prominent role, the trio would soon achieve even greater successes with STRIPES (1981) and mega-hit GHOSTBUSTERS (1984).
DIR Ivan Reitman; SCR Len Blum, Janis Allen, Harold Ramis; SCR/PROD Daniel Goldberg. Canada, 1979, color, 94 min, DCP. RATED PG
Sun, Aug 10, 9:45; Mon, Aug 11, 9:00
"At last, a comedy with balls!" It's class warfare on the fairways, played for broad farce by director Harold Ramis and featuring memorable — and endlessly quotable — comic turns by Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield.
DIR/SCR Harold Ramis; SCR Brian Doyle-Murray; SCR/PROD Douglas Kenney. US, 1980, color, 98 min, 35mm. RATED R
Sat, Aug 16, 7:45; Thu, Aug 21, 9:30
"I'm going to walk out of here a lean, mean, fightin' machine!" Down on their luck and in career funks in early '80s recession-hit America, best pals Bill Murray and Harold Ramis decide to join the army and see the world. With Warren Oates, John Candy, John Larroquette, P. J. Soles and Sean Young.
DIR/PROD Ivan Reitman; SCR Len Blum, Harold Ramis; SCR/PROD Daniel Goldberg. US, 1981, color, 106 min, DCP. RATED R
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION
Fri, Aug 22, 9:45; Sat, Aug 23, 6:45, Tue, Aug 26, 4:45;
Thu, Aug 28, 4:45, 9:10
"Clark, what are you doing?" Everything that can go wrong does on the Griswold family vacation, sight-seeing and visiting family across the U.S. on their way to Walley World in California. Harold Ramis directs a script from '80s icon John Hughes. With Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca, Randy Quaid, Anthony Michael Hall, Dana Barron, John Candy and Christie Brinkley as The Girl in the Ferrari.
DIR Harold Ramis; SCR John Hughes; PROD Robert Grand, Matty Simmons. US, 1983, color, 98 min, DCP. RATED R
#34 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs
Fri, Sep 5, 7:30; Sat, Sep 6, 7:00; Mon, Sep 8, 9:20; Tue, Sep 9, 9:20;
Thu, Sep 11, 7:15
#27 on WGA's 101 Greatest Screenplays
"Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today." Sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities, WPBH-TV9 meteorologist Bill Murray suffers through the boring assignment, alongside his overly cheery producer, Andie MacDowell, and smartass cameraman Chris Elliott, only to get stuck in the small town overnight by a freak blizzard he failed to predict. But when he wakes up the next morning, it's February 2 all over again. And again, and again, as Murray finds he's stuck in a bizarre time loop. Facing the hell of reliving the same day over and over again, Murray embraces his circumstances and learns to live each day to the fullest. "The best American comedy since TOOTSIE." –Hal Hinson, Washington Post.
DIR/SCR/PROD Harold Ramis; SCR Danny Rubin; PROD Trevor Albert. US, 1993, color, 101 min, DCP. RATED PG
Fri, Sep 12, 7:20; Sun, Sep 14, 9:15
"When there's something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?" Released in 1984, GHOSTBUSTERS became a record-setting box office smash hit, a summer movie benchmark, and established the template for how to blend special effects with comedy to create imaginatively escapist adventure. In a fortuitous convergence of then red-hot comic talent, director/producer Ivan Reitman sure-handedly guides actors/authors Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd's script, a winning vehicle for top-billed Bill Murray, while supporting players Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Rick Moranis all contribute memorable moments of hilarity.
DIR/PROD Ivan Reitman; SCR Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis. US, 1984, color, 105 min. RATED PG