10 Things You Didn’t Know About Groundhog Day

  • Buster Green, Punxsutawney’s mayor, is played by Bill Murray’s real-life older brother Brian Doyle-Murray. The pair have also worked together in Caddyshack, Ghostbusters 2, Scrooged and The Razor’s Edge. 


  • Funnily enough, both Fred and Debbie – the young couple Phil helps out – went on to have DC connections. Debbie is Hynden Walch, who has appeared in various DC animated movies. Most notably, she voiced Harley Quinn in Batman: Assault on Arkham. Her on-screen husband Fred is a young Michael Shannon – AKA General Zod in Man of Steel! 


  • Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray and Harold Ramis had a massive falling out over their different opinions about the direction the movie should go in. Ramis, the director (who also cameos as a brain surgeon), felt it should remain mostly a comedy while Murray wanted it to be more of a darker drama. In fact, they did not speak for twenty years, until they reunited when Ramis developed a terminal illness.


  • in 2016, Groundhog Day: The Musical opened in the West End in London. The songs were written by comedy songwriter Tim Minchin. Back in 2003, Steven Sondheim (West Side Story, Sweeney Todd) was also working on a musical version. He shelved the project, however, when he decided that the movie “cannot be improved.” Hear hear.


  • So how many times does Phil relive Groundhog Day? Well, even the filmmakers can’t decide on a definitive answer. At one point, Ramis stated that he thought Phil was stuck in the loop for 10 years, but then changed his mind to 30 or 40 years. Rubin, meanwhile, believes that it had to have been an entire lifetime – perhaps 100 years. Whatculture put together all the evidence from the movie and decided that Ramis was closer: they calculated that it was 33 years and 350 days.


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