History Trivia / GroundhogDay

3rd Feb '18 5:00:08 AM AmuckCricetine
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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The Swedish title translates as "Monday the entire week". The movie, however, does not specify what day of the week it is supposed to be, and Groundhog Day (February 2) in 1993 was actually a Tuesday.

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The Swedish title translates as "Monday the entire week". The movie, however, does not specify what day of the week it is supposed to be, and Groundhog Day (February 2) in 1993 was actually a Tuesday.Tuesday.
** 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.



* DeletedScene: 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 Creator/HaroldRamis had trouble making the dissolving shot match, so the scene was changed to Phil breaking a pencil instead.



** In the DVD commentary, Ramis claims that all he had planned for the scene in which Phil punches Ned Ryerson was just a simple faked punch. Toblowsky, who admits he can be a LargeHam sometimes, turned it into a full-on spin-and-stare-directly-into-the-camera-then-fall maneuver in reaction to the punch. And did so on every single take they tried. Eventually, Ramis just threw it in.

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** In the DVD commentary, DVDCommentary, Ramis claims that all he had planned for the scene in which Phil punches Ned Ryerson was just a simple faked punch. Toblowsky, who admits he can be a LargeHam sometimes, turned it into a full-on spin-and-stare-directly-into-the-camera-then-fall maneuver in reaction to the punch. And did so on every single take they tried. Eventually, Ramis just threw it in.
2nd Feb '18 4:39:15 PM AmuckCricetine
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Encore (and now AMC) have aired 24 hours of the film. [[JustfiedTrope This actually makes some sense, considering what the film's about!]]

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Encore (and now AMC) have aired 24 hours of the film. [[JustfiedTrope This actually makes some sense, considering what the film's about!]]about!
2nd Feb '18 4:37:14 PM AmuckCricetine
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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Encore (and now AMC) have aired 24 hours of the film. [[JustfiedTrope This actually makes some sense, considering what the film's about!]]
20th Oct '17 5:29:31 AM ClintEastwood
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* ActorInspiredElement: The idea of Phil reading to Rita while she sleeps came from Creator/BillMurray. 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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The idea of Phil reading to Rita while she sleeps came from Creator/BillMurray. 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.asleep.
** Andie [=MacDowell=] asked Creator/HaroldRamis if she could use her natural South Carolina accent.
1st Sep '17 4:42:52 PM Pren
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** Creator/HaroldRamis originally wanted Creator/TomHanks for the lead role, but decided against it, saying that Hanks was "too nice". Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/SteveMartin and Creator/JohnTravolta were also dismissed for this reason. Creator/MichaelKeaton was offered the role, but turned it down.

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** Creator/HaroldRamis originally wanted Creator/TomHanks for the lead role, but decided against it, saying that Hanks was "too nice".nice" (this worked out quite well for Hanks, as he instead won an Oscar for ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''). Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/SteveMartin and Creator/JohnTravolta were also dismissed for this reason. Creator/MichaelKeaton was offered the role, but turned it down.
1st Sep '17 4:40:46 PM Pren
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* TroubledProduction: The musical went off fine during its run in London, but suffered several technical difficulties when it moved to Broadway, plus lead star Andy Karl injuring his knee and having to get his costume refitted for a leg brace. This may help explain its brief run despite fantastic reviews.
27th Aug '17 8:57:35 PM Pren
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** Originally, when Phil snaps, he was supposed to murder the groundhog in its lair. This was changed to him kidnapping him, both because they feared the original plan was too close to ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', and because they feared it was too dark.

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** Originally, when Phil snaps, he was supposed to murder the groundhog in its lair. This was changed to him kidnapping him, both because they feared the original plan was too close to ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', and because they feared it was too dark. Funnily enough, the musical's take on the scene is ''even darker'', with Phil breaking onto the stage just after the act and shooting the groundhog and himself in front of everyone.
25th Jul '17 5:44:00 AM Piterpicher
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** See MistakenForGay on the main page, and then realize that that scene was ''improvised'' by Bill Murray; Ned's reaction was largely genuine. StephenTobolowsky (who plays Ned) is a great character actor, and did plenty of improvisation in the film, too.

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** See MistakenForGay on the main page, and then realize that that scene was ''improvised'' by Bill Murray; Ned's reaction was largely genuine. StephenTobolowsky Creator/StephenTobolowsky (who plays Ned) is a great character actor, and did plenty of improvisation in the film, too.
25th Apr '17 7:08:46 PM Premonition45
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** Creator/ToriAmos was considered for Rita.

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** Creator/ToriAmos was considered for Rita.Rita.

The ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' game [[JeopardyIntelligenceTest Phil watches over and over]] is the 1991 Tournament of Champions Semifinal game between Leslie Frates, Mark Pestronk, and Jim Scott (the eventual winner) that originally aired November 11, 1991.
3rd Feb '17 4:13:41 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AFIS100Years100Laughs: #34
* AFIS10Top10:
** #8, Fantasy

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* ActorInspiredElement: The idea of Phil reading to Rita while she sleeps came from Creator/BillMurray. 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.
* AFIS100YearsSeries:
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AFIS100Years100Laughs: #34
* ** AFIS10Top10:
** *** #8, Fantasy



* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The Swedish title translates as "Monday the entire week". The movie, however, does not specify what day of the week it is supposed to be, and Groundhog Day (February 2) in 1993 was actually a Tuesday.



* CreativeDifferences: Creator/BillMurray and Creator/HaroldRamis disagreed on the tone of the film. Murray felt it should be philosophical, while Ramis thought it should be comedic.



* RealLifeRelative: The mayor is played by Bill Murray's brother, Creator/BrianDoyleMurray.
* ShrugOfGod: How long Phil spent in the loop. Harold Ramis said it was ''10,000'' years, while Bill Murray mentioned they discussed it and decided on "about ten years" (widely thought to be the "correct" answer).

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* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: Creator/BillMurray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting. Murray had to have anti rabies injections because the bites were so severe.
* RealLifeRelative: The mayor is played by Bill Murray's Creator/BillMurray's brother, Creator/BrianDoyleMurray.
* TheRedStapler: Since the film's release, the town of Punxatawney has now become a major tourist attraction.
* ShrugOfGod: How long Phil spent in the loop. Harold Ramis Creator/HaroldRamis said it was ''10,000'' years, while Bill Murray Creator/BillMurray mentioned they discussed it and decided on "about ten years" (widely thought to be the "correct" answer).



* TypeCasting: Mostly Bill Murray, alternately played straight and inverted during the course of the movie, but a couple of the others could be described as such too.

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** In the penultimate encounter between Connors and annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson, 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.
** While filming the "Kidnapping Phil" scene, 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.
* TypeCasting: Mostly Bill Murray, Creator/BillMurray, alternately played straight and inverted during the course of the movie, but a couple of the others could be described as such too.



** Originally, when Phil snaps, he was supposed to murder the groundhog in its lair. This was changed to him kidnapping him, both because they feared the original plan was too close to "Caddyshack," and because they feared it was too dark.

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** Originally, when Phil snaps, he was supposed to murder the groundhog in its lair. This was changed to him kidnapping him, both because they feared the original plan was too close to "Caddyshack," ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', and because they feared it was too dark.dark.
** Creator/HaroldRamis originally wanted Creator/TomHanks for the lead role, but decided against it, saying that Hanks was "too nice". Creator/ChevyChase, Creator/SteveMartin and Creator/JohnTravolta were also dismissed for this reason. Creator/MichaelKeaton was offered the role, but turned it down.
** Creator/ToriAmos was considered for Rita.
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