28 Little Known Facts About The Movie 'Groundhog Day'.
Funny and thought-provoking, 'Groundhog Day' is considered a classic, and one of the funniest movies of all-time.
Below are 28 wicked stories that you might've missed from the movie. Check it out!
1/28) One website claims he was trapped 12,403 days in Groundhog Day, just under 34 years.
2/28) Bill Murray was bitten so severely by the groundhog that he had to be rushed to the hospital or else he would've died from rabies. He got the anti-rabies vaccine as a result.
3/28) Harold Ramis directed the kids in the snowball fights to hit Bill Murray as hard as they could.
As a result, Murray responded by throwing snowballs back at them as hard he could.
4/28) The movie was actually shot in Woodstock, 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 Bill Murray was continually accosted by insurance salesman Ned Ryerson.
5/28) The idea of Phil reading to Rita while she sleeps came from Bill Murray's real life. 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.
6/28) 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.
To solve this, the crew took a hammer and repeatedly smashed the clock to give it its mangled look. The clock actually continued playing the song like in the movie.
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7/28) If you look at the clocks in the diner, they're all stopped, mirroring Phil's predicament.
8/28) There are exactly 38 days depicted in this film, either partially or in full.
9/28) Harold Ramis considered Chevy Chase, John Travolta, Steve Martin, and Tom Hanks for the lead role, but he considered them all 'way too nice' compared to Bill Murray.
10/28) A scene was shot in which Phil destroys his room, slashing pillows, spray-painting the walls, etc. 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.
Harold Ramis had trouble making the dissolving shot match so the scene was changed to Phil breaking a pencil instead.
11/28) 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.
12/28) Bill Murray was offered a spit bucket for the diner scene where he gorges himself on pastries but he refused. He admitted to getting sick after having too much angel food cake.
13/28) Whenever Harold Ramis was explaining how he wanted Bill Murray to play a scene, Murray would interrupt him and ask, "Just tell me - good Phil or bad Phil?"
14/28) On the DVD, Harold Ramis states that the original idea was for him to live February 2nd for about 10,000 years.
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15/28) Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis both said that they purposely avoided exploring the truly dark side of Phil's time lapsing in which he could do truly horrible things without consequence (i.e. murder, torture, etc.) to maintain a more lighthearted feel.
16/28) 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 got tired of it, and sent writer Danny Rubin to sit with Murray and iron out all his anxieties, one of the reasons why Murray stopped speaking to Ramis for several years.
17/28) 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 that he wouldn't change this aspect of the script, but ended up changing it anyways.
18/28) 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."
19/28) The groundhog ceremony is depicted as occurring in the center of town but in real life, Gobbler's Knob, where the ceremony takes place in real life, is a rural, wooded area, about two miles outside of Punxsutawney.
20/28) A family of groundhogs was actually raised for the production.
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21/28) 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.
22/28) Harold Ramis admitted he was taken aback by his film 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.
23/28) In the penultimate encounter between 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.
24/28) In one scene, Connors throws himself from the bell tower of a high building, which is an opera house in Woodstock.
Local legend has it that a ghost of a young girl haunts the building since a girl once fell off of the balcony section inside the opera house and died.
25/28) The idea comes from 'The Gay Science', a famous book by Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche gives a description of a man who is living the same day over and over again.
26/28) Since the film's release, the town of Punxatawney has now become a major tourist attraction.
27/28) Originally, Phil was supposed to murder the groundhog in his lair. This was changed, however, since it seemed too much like Caddyshack, another famous Ramis/Murray collaboration.
28/28) In the final shot, Phil carries Rita over the gate and then climbs over it. This is because the gate was actually frozen shut.
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