Happy Groundhog Day!

It’s February 2 — Groundhog Day — and somewhere east of here, Punxsatawney Phil has already been summoned from his burrow and failed to see his shadow.  That means we’re in for an early spring.

Much as I admire Punxsatawney Phil and his prognostication abilities, when I think of Groundhog Day I think of the classic Bill Murray movie of the same name.  In my view, Groundhog Day is one of the best movies made in the last 25 years — alternately hilarious, moving, and thought-provoking, too.  It also sounds some very interesting religious themes, such as in this scene, where Bill Murray admits that he is just “a god, not THE God” and speculates that perhaps God isn’t omnipotent but just has been around so long he knows everything there is to know.

2 thoughts on “Happy Groundhog Day!

  1. Agree, webnerbob.

    If you do some googling, you can find several interesting articles describing changes that were made by Harold Ramis and Bill Murray during filming. In some cases, they didn’t just make changes to the script, but changed entire scenes. For example, in one scene Bill Murray’s character apparently was supposed to shave his head and take a chain saw to his hotel room at the end of a day. Ramis decided to be more subtle – Murray simply broke a pencil. The next morning, as Sonny and Cher are singing “I Got You, Babe,” we see that the pencil is unbroken.

    As always, thank you for the post.


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