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Groundhog Day [1993] (1 disc)

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Director:Harold Ramis
Writer:Danny Rubin
Harold Ramis
Composer:George Fenton
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Groundhog Day
Sorting Category:RomCom
IMDB Rating:8.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:95%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Family
  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Drama
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Synopsis: A man is stuck repeating the same day for the rest of his many lives.


Reaction: Fun and quotable, this is a great showcase for the talents of Bill Murray.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Harold Ramis => Director / Writer / Neurologist
Danny Rubin => Writer
George Fenton => Composer
Andie MacDowell => Rita
Angela Paton => Mrs. Lancaster
Bill Murray => Phil
Brenda Pickleman => Buster's Wife
Brian Doyle-Murray => Buster
Chris Elliott => Larry
David Pasquesi => Psychiatrist
John M. Watson Sr. => Bartender (as John Watson Sr.)
Ken Hudson Campbell => Man in Hallway
Marita Geraghty => Nancy
Michael Shannon => Fred
Peggy Roeder => Piano Teacher
Rick Ducommun => Gus
Rick Overton => Ralph
Robin Duke => Doris the Waitress
Sandy Maschmeyer => Phil's Movie Date
Scooter => The Groundhog
Stephen Tobolowsky => Ned
Tom Milanovich => State Trooper
Willie Garson => Phil's Assistnat Kenny

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • When Phil and Rita are throwing cards into the hat, Phil advises Rita to "be the hat". This is an ad-libbed reference by Bill Murray to Caddyshack (also directed by Harold Ramis and starring Murray), in which Chevy Chase's character advises the main character to "be the ball" while tutoring him on golf.
  • Bill Murray and Harold Ramis have both been honorary grand marshals for the Groundhog Day celebrations in Punxsatawney, PA.
  • Director Harold Ramis originally wanted Tom Hanks for the lead role, but decided against it, saying that Hanks was "too nice".
  • According to director Harold Ramis, most of the times when he tried to explain a scene to Bill Murray, Murray would interrupt and ask, "Just tell me - good Phil or bad Phil?"
  • Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting.
  • [Premiere] voted this movie as one of {The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time} in 2006.
  • The French poem Phil recites in the German restaurant was written by Danny Rubin, based on the lyrics of [?] Jacques Brel's {Bachelor's Dance}. Translated into English the poem reads: The girl I will love / is like a fine wine / that gets a little better / every morning.
  • Early drafts of the script explained the cause of Phil Connors' weird experience: a disaffected ex-lover called Stephanie cast a spell on him to teach him a lesson.
  • Not filmed in Punxsutawney, but actually in Woodstock, Illinois (just 45 miles from Bill Murray's hometown of Wilmette). There is a small plaque that reads "Bill Murray stepped here" on the curb where Murray continually steps into a puddle.
  • The interiors of Bill Murray's room at the bed and breakfast were filmed in an empty warehouse in Cary, Illinois. The only times the crew entered the actual house at all were to turn on lamps for the proper lighting effects needed for the exterior shots. In contrast, the scenes at the piano teacher's home were indeed filmed inside the actual house, right in the front room as it appears in the film.