Groundhog Day 20th Anniversary! Did you know...

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Groundhog Day 20th Anniversary! Did you know...
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Tue, 02-12-2013 - 10:17am

February 12 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray as Phil Connors, who has to live the same day over and over, until he finally learned how to be a better man.

Little known facts:
In the original screenplay, Phil was supposed to be stuck for 10,000 years. He marked each day by reading one page of a book in the library, and eventually read everything in the place.

There was a scene in an earlier draft of the script where Phil had a spurned ex-girlfriend who used a magic spell to curse him. But then Ramis changed his mind and cut the scene in subsequent drafts to leave it unexplained.
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I thought it was interesting to find out they spent three days filming a complicated scene to explain how everything in Phil's world would reset each morning at 6 A.M, then ended up scrapping it in favor of the broken/unbroken pencil! Yep... sometimes simple is just eloquent!

Do you have a favorite scene or quote from the movie?

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Registered: 01-17-2013

I may be the only person on the planet who didn't care for that movie. I never liked Bill Murray (found him to be a pompous jerk) so I couldn't ever get into the movie.

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Registered: 08-01-2012

I like the message of the movie; that he is and egotistical jerk stuck in this loop until he stops focusing on himself and helps others. Wink