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(1993)

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Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting. Murray had to have anti rabies injections, because the bites were so severe.
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The scene where Phil picks up the alarm clock and slams it onto the floor didn't go as planned. Bill Murray slammed down the clock, but it barely broke, so the crew bashed it with a hammer to give it the really smashed look. The clock actually continued playing the song like in the movie.
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According to Director Harold Ramis, most of the time, when he tried to explain a scene to Bill Murray, Murray would interrupt and ask, "Just tell me - good Phil or bad Phil?"
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Harold Ramis originally wanted Tom Hanks for the lead role, but decided against it, saying that Hanks was "too nice".
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All the clocks in the diner are stopped, mirroring Phil Connors' predicament.
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Bill Murray was offered a spit bucket for the diner scene where he gorges himself on pastries, but he refused. The angel food cake, in particular, caused him to feel sick soon afterward.
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In the original version of the script by Danny Rubin, Phil Connors was already trapped inside Groundhog Day at the start of the story. We joined him on a typical day, with the audience wondering how he knew everything that was going to happen. Harold Ramis promised not to change this aspect of the script, but ultimately decided to do so.
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Not filmed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, but actually in Woodstock, Illinois (just fifty miles from Bill Murray's hometown of Wilmette, Illinois). There is a small plaque that reads "Bill Murray stepped here" on the curb where Murray continually steps into a puddle. There is another plaque on the building wall at the corner that says "Ned's Corner" where Phil Connors was continually accosted by Ned Ryerson.
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Harold Ramis directed the kids in the snowball fights to hit Bill Murray as hard as they could. Murray responded by throwing snowballs back as hard as he could.
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Bill Murray and Harold Ramis have both been honorary Grand Marshals for the Groundhog Day celebrations in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
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The idea of Phil Connors reading to Rita Hanson while she sleeps came from Bill Murray. His wife drank too much champagne on their wedding night and fell asleep early, so Murray read aloud to her until he too fell asleep.
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On the Blu-ray special features, Harold Ramis states that the original idea was for Phil to live February 2nd for about ten thousand years. Later, he hyperbolically says that Phil probably lived the same day for about hyperbolic ten years.
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Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis both said that they avoided exploring the truly dark side of Phil's time lapsing, in which he could do truly horrible things without consequence (for example, murder, torture, et cetera).
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There are exactly 38 days depicted in this film, either partially, or in full.
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While filming the "Kidnapping Phil" scene, Bill Murray spontaneously improvised the line "Don't drive angry, don't drive angry!" to cover the fact that the groundhog (which he was holding on his lap) was agitated and trying to escape by climbing over the steering wheel. A moment later, the groundhog bit Murray's hand so badly he had to seek medical treatment.
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Bill Murray was undergoing a divorce at the time of filming, and was obsessing about the film. He would ring Harold Ramis constantly, often in the early hours of the morning. Ramis eventually sent screenwriter Danny Rubin to sit with Murray and iron out all his anxieties, one of the reasons Murray stopped speaking to Ramis for several years.
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Since the film's release, the town of Punxsutawney has now become a major tourist attraction.
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Phil at the piano teacher's house, when he is fumblingly playing Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paginini", is actually Bill Murray playing. He does not read music, but he learned that much of the song by ear. The same rhapsody, specifically its 18th Variation, was also used in another time fantasy movie, Somewhere in Time (1980).
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The movie was selected in 2006 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant".
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After its release, several writers emerged, claiming that the story was stolen from their idea. Science fiction author Richard Lupoff claimed that it was a rip-off of his short story 12:01 p.m., while Ken Grimwood, author of Replay, was another. However, Danny Rubin said his only jumping off point of inspiration for this film was the story Christmas Every Day (1892) by William Dean Howells.
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A family of groundhogs was raised for the production.
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Shaun Chaiyabhat, who played the boy in the tree, grew up to become a local television news reporter.
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In the course of the film, Phil Connors endures Elisabeth Kübler-Ross' five stages: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. Harold Ramis: "Danny Rubin actually took Elisabeth Kübler-Ross as a model - her five stages of death and dying - and we used that as a template for Bill Murray's progress."
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Originally, Phil Connors was supposed to hunt down the groundhog in his lair. However, this was changed since it seemed too much like Caddyshack (1980).
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A scene was shot in which Phil destroys his room, slashing pillows, spray-painting the walls, et cetera. He also shaves his head, then the camera pulls back from his face to show that his hair and the room were back to normal the next morning. But Harold Ramis had trouble making the dissolving shot match, so the scene was changed to Phil breaking a pencil instead.
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Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned "The Head" Reyerson the Insurance Agent) was the honorary Grand Marshal in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on February 2, 2010. During his speech on stage, he performed the "whistling belly button" act to which he refers in the film.
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In order to get the scenes to look alike, many different takes were filmed in different weather conditions. Eventually, Harold Ramis chose the bleak Wisconsin look for the film.
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In the penultimate encounter between Phil Connors and annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson, Bill Murray was ad-libbing when he tells Ned, "I don't know where you're headed, but can you call in sick?" and causes Ned to run away.
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Harold Ramis was surprised to find that his film was attracting a lot of attention from various religious groups, meditative gurus, and other parties who were into metaphysics. Ramis was particularly surprised, as he was expecting a backlash against him.
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The groundhog ceremony is depicted as occurring in the center of town. Gobbler's Knob, where the ceremony takes place in real-life, is a rural, wooded area, about two miles outside of Punxsutawney.
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Supposedly, Paul Lynde was the inspiration for one of the film's more famous lines. After a high-speed chase through the San Fernando Valley one night when he was driving recklessly while intoxicated, Lynde crashed his car into a mailbox. The police came to the car, guns drawn, and he lowered his window and said, "I'll have a cheeseburger, hold the onions, and a large Sprite." Another account has the scene inspired by an incident involving comedian Shecky Greene in Las Vegas. One night, while intoxicated, he drove his car into the big fountain in front of Caesar's Palace. As bystanders pulled him out, with water from the fountain raining down onto his car, he shouted, "Clean the floor mats and no hot wax!"
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Danny Rubin said that one of the moments that inspired the creation of the story, came after reading the novel Interview with the Vampire, which got him thinking about what it would be like to live forever.
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The song that greets Bill Murray every morning, "I've Got You Babe" by Sonny and Cher, was in Danny Rubin's original script from the beginning. The song is known for its seemingly endless repetitive chorus which mirrors Phil's predicament in the film.
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Andie MacDowell asked Harold Ramis if she could speak with her normal (and rather heavy) North Carolina accent.
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In the 1880s, some friends in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania went into the woods on Candlemas Day to look for groundhogs. This outing became a tradition, and a local newspaper editor nicknamed the seekers "the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club." Starting in 1887, the search became an official event centered on a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil. A ceremony still takes place every year.
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In 2020, Bill Murray, Stephen Tobolowsky and Brian Doyle-Murray reprised their roles in a Super Bowl (played on Groundhog Day that year) commercial for Jeep. Like the original movie, the ad was filmed in Woodstock, Illinois.
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The interiors of Bill Murray's room, at the bed and breakfast, were filmed in an empty warehouse in Cary, Illinois.
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Harold Ramis considered Chevy Chase, Steve Martin and John Travolta for the role of Phil Connors, but he considered them as "far too nice" compared to Bill Murray.
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Michael Shannon's debut cinematic appearance.
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Brian Doyle-Murray (Buster Green) is the elder brother of Bill Murray (Phil Connors).
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The French poem Phil recites in the German restaurant is quoted from the 1957 Jacques Brel song "La bourrée du célibataire" or "Bachelor's Dance". "La fille que j'aimera / Sera comme bon vin / Qui se bonifiera / Un peu chaque matin." This has translated into English as: "The girl that I will love/ Will be like a fine wine / that will become better / a bit every morning."
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Rita Hanson's favorite drink is sweet Vermouth. This was Harold Ramis' idea, because it is his wife's favorite drink.
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The ice sculptures featured in the movie (called Winged Victory) were carved by Randy Rupert, a.k.a. The Chainsaw Wizard. Randy is actually a Punxsutawney resident, and has a shop downtown. He can be found in the city park every Groundhog Day carving and selling his wooden sculptures.
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The scenes showcasing Phil (Bill Murray) filming his weather predictions at the news station, along with the introduction of Rita (Andie MacDowell), were not conceived until the editing process. They had to go back and shoot them to be edited in later.
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Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Fantasy" in June 2008.
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Unlike the scenes for the bed and breakfast, the scenes at the piano teacher's house were filmed inside the actual house, in the front room as it appears in the film.
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The store Lloyd's, always seen in the background in the scenes where Phil Connors encounters Ned Ryerson, tried to sue the production for several thousand dollars for lost business. They were unsuccessful.
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The Swedish title of this movie translates as "Monday the entire week". However, the movie does not specify what day of the week it is supposed to be, and Groundhog Day in 1993 was actually on a Tuesday.
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The German title of the movie is "Und täglich grüßt das Murmeltier", which can be translated as "The groundhog greets every day". The title has been adapted in Germany as a humorous proverb, which is often used when something is frequently repeated, especially annoying or awkward things.
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Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl was asked by Harold Ramis to be the radio announcer at the beginning of every day, but his radio partner didn't understand the movie, and didn't want to do it.
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In one scene, Connors throws himself from the bell tower of a high building. This building is actually an opera house in Woodstock, Illinois. Local legend has it that the ghost of a young girl haunts the building, as a girl once fell off of the balcony section inside the opera house and died.
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Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies of All Time" in 2006.
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Bill Murray quotes lines from a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Work Without Hope": "All Nature seems at work; slugs leave their lair, The bees are stirring; birds are on the wing, And winter, slumbering in the open air, Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring; And I, the while, the sole unbusy thing, Nor honey make, nor pair, nor build, nor sing."
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Harold Ramis kept Bill Murray's overcoat.
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The lines Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell) quotes in the café - "unwept, unhonoured, and unsung" - are from Walter Scott's "Lay of the Last Minstrel", Canto vi, Stanza 1.
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The house that was used for the piano teacher's house, is less than a block away from the house used for the bed and breakfast. Though not visible in the film, it is actually located on the street that Phil sees directly proceeding from his room window, just a few houses down on the left-hand side.
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The song that plays during the montage where Phil Connors tries (and fails) to win Rita Hanson is "You Don't Know Me" by Ray Charles. The song itself is about a one-sided love, much like Phil's unrequited love for Rita.
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Early drafts of the script explained the cause of Phil Connors' weird experience: a disaffected ex-lover named Stephanie cast a spell on him, to teach him a lesson, to make sweet love to groundhogs all over the land while reading Charles Dickens, while covered in shame. It was decided that leaving it out made it more magical.
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The scene where Bill Murray gets out of the news van and talks to the State Trooper, was filmed on the Amstutz Expressway under the Grand Avenue overpass, just outside of downtown Waukegan, Illinois. You can see the Waukegan business district in some of the shots. The Amstutz Expressway was also used for the filming of the big chase scene in the The Blues Brothers (1980).
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Harold Ramis has stated that the inspiration for this movie was not the novel "The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin" (1905) by P.D. Ouspensky, but many others think that it was. Ramis made this denial within his contributions to a jacket blurb for one edition of the Ouspensky book. In the book, Osokin is given the opportunity to live his life over again by a magician... and Osokin takes him up on the offer, only to make the same mistakes all over again. Eventually he reaches the point in time where he met the magician, who explains to Osokin that he cannot change the recurring wheel that is "this trap called life", and that Osokin must learn to sacrifice, in order to escape it, to find his salvation.
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Came in at number 4 in the BBC Culture 100 best comedies of all time.
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One of Roger Ebert's Great Movies.
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The concept has since been used in other films, including Disney's Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999), the television show Day Break (2006), the episode Supernatural: Mystery Spot (2008), the comedy 50 First Dates (2004), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), the Egyptian comedy 1000 Congratulations (2009), and Palm Springs (2020).
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Andie MacDowell was hired on the basis of her performance in The Object of Beauty (1991).
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The "clocks" restaurant (Tip Top Cafe) in Woodstock, Illinois, is now a Mexican restaurant.
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When Phil is explaining to Rita his experiences, he says "I have been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen" and so on. Those were all methods used by the assassins of Russian mystic Grigory Rasputin, but (with the exception of electrocution) were not seen done to Phil. This could also be a reference to Ghostbusters II (1989), in which similar methods are named as the cause of Vigo the Carpathian's death.
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Danny Rubin, the creator of the original screenplay for Groundhog Day, had mixed feelings of the final movie. "It's a great movie, and it has made my life a lot easier in many ways. However, I quickly learned that working as a writer in Hollywood, you have to compromise in order for your work to be produced. The fact that Harold Ramis had interest and took the time to edit and polish the script so it got made, plus help with finding funding, as well as directing the movie, I'm very grateful for all of that. At the same time, when I watch the movie, I see more comedy than what I intended, more of a romantic story than was ever in my script, many of the darker elements toned down. Something feels off when you watch something you created and there are things you don't remember in your vision and now they are there. Again, I don't want to come off ungrateful. I understand the odds of getting a movie made from a spec script are similar to winning the jackpot in the lottery. Thanks to Harold Ramis taking an interest in the script, I now live a comfortable life where money is never a worry. The movie just didn't turn out fully how I envisioned, and that's something I'm going to have to live with for the rest of my life."
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The interior scenes of the Cherry Street bed and breakfast were not filmed inside the actual house. The only times the crew entered the house at all, were to turn on lamps for the proper lighting effects needed for the exterior shots.
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Bill Murray, Chris Elliott, Brian Doyle-Murray and Robin Duke are all former cast members of Saturday Night Live (1975). Doyle-Murray and Duke were in the same cast during the 1981-1982 season. Murray hosted an episode that season.
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Michael Keaton turned down the role of Phil Connors because he found the idea to be confusing when he read the script. He and Andie MacDowell would later team up with director Harold Ramis for Multiplicity (1996).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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At one point in the chase scene, involving the red Cadillac Eldorado, Bill Murray and friends were to race along the sidewalk in front of the movie theater, barely missing the ticket booth, which was still occupied. The scene was filmed, but left on the cutting room floor.
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Cher stated in an interview that fans would send her letters saying they loved the song she made for the movie Groundhog Day (1993), not realizing that the song was actually recorded in 1965. She also stated that the movie helped boost album sales for her due to the interest in the song.
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Among Phil Connors' books in the coffee shop are "Treasury of the Theatre: From Agamemnon to A Month in the Country" by John Gassner (Simon & Schuster, 1964), and "Johann Strauss: Father and Son, a Century of Light Music" by H.E. Jacob (Greystone Press, 1939). The classical piano piece that draws his attention in the same scene is Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545.
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In 2003, this movie was the opening night film in the Museum of Modern Art's "The Hidden God: Film and Faith" series. A December 7, 2003, New York Times article called "Groundhog Almighty" discussed both the seeming incongruity of Groundhog Day being curated alongside such "serious" films as Luis Buñuel's Nazarin (1959), Federico Fellini's (1963), Ingmar Bergman's Winter Light (1963), and Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev (1966) and the opinions of different clergy-people and religious adherents (including rabbis, Jesuit priests, Buddhists, practitioners of Falun Dafa, and Wiccans) about how the movie is applicable to or actually about their respective religion.
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Right after the scene where Bill Murray as Phil Connors is going to the movie theater dressed like Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western, it cuts to the morning again and a shot of a TV monitor where Phil is once again talking on camera about the groundhog. He asks the question "Does Phil feel lucky?". This was an obvious nod to Clint Eastwood's famous line in the movie Dirty Harry (1971).
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The second time Phil Connors counts down to go on the air (after the groundhog sees his shadow), when he gets to "1" he holds up his middle finger, rather than his pointer.
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Tori Amos was considered for the role of Rita Hanson.
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The Tip Top Cafe, where many indoor scenes took place, was a set created for the film, but it became an actual restaurant, the Tip Top Bistro, following the movie's success. Later, it became a coffee and Italian ice cream shop, and after that a fried chicken outlet. It's now a Mexican restaurant, Taqueria La Placita.
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In the Jeopardy! (1984) sequence, the second player seen is Jim Scott, a five-time Jeopardy! Champion, who won his fifth game on the October 1, 1990 broadcast. He went on to win the Tournament of Champions contest that season. The segment shown in the movie is from his Tournament of Champions semifinal, broadcast on November 11, 1991. Curiously, this would either set that hotel scene in 1991 onwards, meaning they're watching a re-run in a loop version of 1993, or that its an "alternate" parallel version of 1993.
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During the card throwing scene, Phil Connors tells Rita Hanson to "be the hat", no doubt a nod to Bill Murray's co-star Chevy Chase in Caddyshack (1980) ("be the ball").
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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In the Supernatural episode Supernatural: Mystery Spot (2008), Sam Winchester repeatedly relives the same day over and over again, watching his brother Dean die a different way each time. The day Sam repeats is a Tuesday, which was the day Groundhog Day 1993 fell on, the year of this film's release. Sam also tries to explain the situation to Dean in a diner, much like Phil does when trying to explain his predicament to Rita. Dean, trying to understand his brother's story, repeatedly states "You mean like Groundhog Day?"
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The first day that Phil realizes he is in a loop he walks out the front door and asks a passerby "Excuse me. Where's everybody going" to which the passerby responds "To Gobblers Knob. It's Groundhog day". The passerby is the woman who will be teaching Phil piano later in the film.
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When Phil gets all five "Lakes and Rivers" responses on the Jeopardy! (1984) episode he's seen numerous times, the other bed and breakfast guests watching with him give him a round of applause. This matches the tradition on Jeopardy to do just that when a contestant likewise "runs" a category.
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During a diner scene, a bumper sticker for "The Spirit" can be seen over Phil's shoulder. This is the name of the newspaper in Punxsutawney.
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After Rita Hanson first tells him what she typically drinks to, Phil Connors hastily and resignedly mutters "okay... to world peace," but this can only be caught by reading his lips as there is no discernible audio associated.
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Fred and Debbie, the young couple who are supposed to get married that day, are played by Michael Shannon and Hynden Walch. Both would later go on to be better known for playing characters from DC Comics. In both cases, they played superstrong aliens from another planet. Walch voiced Starfire from the planet Tamaran in Teen Titans (2003), while Shannon played General Zod from the planet Krypton in Man of Steel (2013) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
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Andie MacDowell (Rita), Brian Doyle-Murray (Buster), and Robin Duke (Doris the Waitress) all appeared in Multiplicity (1996) which was also directed by Harold Ramis.
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The clock radio that awakens Phil Connors each day with the song "I Got You Babe" is a Panasonic RC-6025.
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The line in the last scene, "okay, let's rent to start" was improvised by Bill Murray, but Harold Ramis enjoyed it so much he kept it in.
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The movie shot on location in Illinois for two weeks. Reshoots and additional scenes that were needed in the film were shot back at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
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Bill Murray and Stephen Tobolowsky would later work together on Garfield (2004).
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The ending credits read "Filmed in Panavision", which is the requirement for films using anamorphic lenses, rather than "Filmed with Panavision Cameras and Lenses", for films that use spherical lenses.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2002 list of 400 movies nominated for a top 100 slot in their America's Greatest Love Stories list.
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George Fenton's music brief was to come up with a Nino Rota type score.
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Phil tells Rita in the diner that Gus wishes he had stayed in the Navy. Rick Ducommun played a Naval C-2 Greyhound Navigator in The Hunt for Red October (1990).
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The blizzard must have been extraordinarily sudden and severe to trap the WPBH News team, as Punxsutawney is less than an 80-mile drive from the nearest part of the Pittsburgh metro area (Wilkinsburg, or even closer if Monroeville is counted).
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Harold Ramis incorporated elements of David Letterman and Pat Sajak in the opening scene where Phil does the forecast in studio. Both were former weathermen who used the platform to launch to larger media careers, much like Phil Connors desires at the movie's start.
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The clock seen in the movie is actually a prop clock that was designed to flip back and forth between 5:59 and 6:00. In addition the alarm goes off and plays the song exactly when the clock flips to 6:00. With a real flip clock the alarm can go off randomly around the time the alarm has been set to activate.
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Casey Bartholomew, a popular radio talk show host (from KFI in Los Angeles, WDBO in Orlando, and New Jersey 101.5) is in the crowd at Gobbler's Knob during the Groundhog Day festivities, though he has no interaction with the main characters.
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The red Cadillac in the "no tomorrow" driving scene is a 1974 Cadillac Eldorado convertible with a non-stock grille. It is a front-wheel drive car, as can clearly be seen in the burnout at the start of the train track sequence. The Eldorado was equipped with rear-wheel drive from 1953 to 1966, then front-wheel drive from 1967 through the end of production in 2003.
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The song "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher, was the number one single in the United States for three weeks in August 1965, according to Billboard Magazine.
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When Phil says he has some errands to do, one of the people he saves the mayor, who's choking on some steak. Phil uses the Heimlich maneuver. Two years earlier, Bill Murray used the same technique in What About Bob? (1991).
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Chris Elliott and Robin Duke would later appear in the sitcom Schitt's Creek (2015).
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Brian Doyle-Murray and Rick Ducommun both appeared in Jury Duty (1995).
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Director Cameo 

Harold Ramis: makes a cameo in the film as the neurologist that assures Phil that he is okay, but should perhaps talk to a psychiatrist.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the final shot, Phil Connors carries Rita Hanson over the gate and then climbs over it. This is because the gate was actually frozen shut.
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When Phil takes the elderly man to the hospital, and talks to the nurse, a boy with a broken leg can be seen in the background. This is the same boy who falls out of a tree later on in the film, only this time, Phil catches him.
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They shot twenty-five takes of the closing scene when Bill Murray wakes up next to Andie MacDowell, as they were unsure of the tonality of the scene. They were not sure if Phil and Rita should still be in their clothes or not. Ramis had everyone on set, cast and crew, vote as to how it should be played, and the final tally came down on the side of the couple still being in their clothes, as they had not made love yet.
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Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis wanted to add another Ned Ryerson scene at the last minute, so Stephen Tobolowsky wrote the scene where he rattles off numerous insurance policies. Tobolowsky based his character on his own Insurance agent. After the movie's release, the agent called Tobolowsky to thank him for portraying agents so accurately, rather than making fun of them, as most movies do.
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According to the website Wolf Gnards, Bill Murray spends eight years, eight months and sixteen days trapped in Groundhog Day. The Movie Truth review series calculated Murray spent 4,576 days (twelve years, six months, and eleven days) stuck in the loop. While the website Obsessed With Film claims he was trapped 12,403 days, just under thirty-four years, in order to account for becoming a master piano player, ice sculptor, et cetera.
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Harold Ramis and Danny Rubin considered including an explanation for Phil being stuck in a time loop. One of the possibilities included Phil having been cursed by a scorned lover or someone he had verbally abused. They decided it was best to leave it a mystery.
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Danny Rubin's first draft of the screenplay ended with Phil Connors waking on February 3rd, to discover that Rita Hanson was trapped in a time loop of her own.
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The last time it is February 2nd, and Phil Connors kisses Rita Hanson, it begins to snow, foreshadowing that the loop has been broken. The same thing happens at the end of It's a Wonderful Life (1946), where the snow signifies that George Bailey is back in the reality where he exists.
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According to Harold Ramis in the Blu-ray commentary, the last scene involving Ned Ryerson involved the line (as it was written) "Oh, let's not ruin it!" from Rita. However, since Andie MacDowell was speaking in her thick native North Carolina accent, the word "ruin" was distorted repeatedly, and Ramis felt viewers would be confused by what she was trying to say. It was at that point where the word "ruin" was changed to "spoil".
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The song that plays over parts of the opening and closing credits is "Weatherman", co-written by George Fenton and Harold Ramis.
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Rita Hanson slaps Phil Connors ten times during the course of the film.
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The ending party scene where everyone thanks Phil, was originally supposed to take place at Fred and Debbie's wedding, but it was changed for time constraints.
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Though Phil Connors almost certainly experiences February 2nd thousands of times (38 of which are said to be actually depicted, noted elsewhere on this page), a careful sorting of "day-isolated" sequences and/or events plus a parsing of Connors' dialogue accounts for at least 42 days - the exact number of days of additional winter predicted by Punxsutawney Phil (6 weeks).
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The old man is the only one to die and stay dead. Phil, the groundhog, and the old man are the only ones in the loop known to have died. The fate of the cops chasing Phil on the railroad tracks is not shown, but since there was no crash as the train went by, it's likely they got off in time.
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The winning bid for Phil Connors in the bachelor auction is $339.88, an amount that to this day appears arbitrary. But there is an interesting coincidence if the decimal is dropped: 33,988 days works out to precisely 93 years and 43 days, minus a minute. From January 1, 1900 (and not counting "leap days"), 93 years and 43 days ends on February 12, 1993 - the day "Groundhog Day" was released in theaters.
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This film and Edge of Tomorrow (2014) have a character called "Rita", and both films are about men trapped in a never ending day. Also, at the climax, Phil pinches Rita to prove that tomorrow has finally arrived, and in the novel that inspired Edge of Tomorrow (2014), the lead character Cage pinches himself when time first resets. In the novel, Cage awakens at 6 o'clock, like Phil Connors, and he gets Phil's line, "same old, same old". Also, anything new terrified Cage, while Phil has the opposite reaction. Also known as Live, Die, Repeat, Edge of Tomorrow has been described as "Sci-Fi Groundhog Day".
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The music that Phil Connors (Bill Murray) plays at the party near the film's ending mirrors the theme from Somewhere in Time (1980).
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The song that plays during the final scene is "Almost Like Being in Love". The song is originally from Brigadoon (1954), a musical with a similar theme to this movie.
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The red truck Phil drives over the cliff is a reference to a car driven in Steven Spielberg's debut movie, Duel (1971). The movie's soundtrack plays as David Mann revs up and drives off the cliff which is a reference to the movie's ending scene.
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At the end of the alley scene in which Phil has given up trying to save the old homeless man, he looks upward and is clearly about to say something. The line was apparently cut for reasons unknown.
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When Phil surprises Fred and Debbie with tickets to Wrestlemania towards the end of the film, Fred responds with, "We were going up to Pittsburgh, anyways..." There wasn't a Wrestlemania in Philadelphia until 1999.
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