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Let's do this day just once, though.
Posted by low-tech cyclist at 11:57 AM | Permalink
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20th anniversary live-blogging of the movie tonight at 8 PM EST. Not sure how this will work, but you multi-taskers might be interested.
I'm embarrassed to say how many times I must have seen this movie.
February 02, 2013 at 04:34 PM
An interview from today's Seattle Times in which 'Ned Reyerson' discusses how the director and writer made last minute script changes, giving us the movie we love today.
One particular change, Tobolowsky remembered, really set the tone for the movie. Originally, Ramis shot “a gigantic scene that took three days ... where Bill shaves his head into a mohawk, takes spray paint and paints graffiti all over the inside of his room, then he takes a chain saw and starts sawing the room in half.” It was an expensive scene, and Ramis, after consideration, quickly cut it. He replaced it with a much quieter, simpler moment: Murray, going to bed terrified, breaks a pencil in half and puts it on his radio. When he wakes up, the pencil is whole. The first time he watched the movie in a theater, Tobolowsky said, the audience gasped at that moment. “We expect a crazy Bill Murray movie ... and [Ramis] replaced it with visual poetry.”
February 02, 2013 at 06:32 PM
nancy - I'm not sure how many times I've watched Groundhog Day - I'm certainly into double digits, plus watching assorted excerpts on YouTube.
I had no idea that yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the movie's release. That's kinda cool. And that was gutsy of Ramis to scrap that scene and go in the direction he actually took the movie.
It's definitely in my top 50 movies.
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February 03, 2013 at 09:43 AM
I'm your opposite. I've never seen anything of it but brief snippets. (Recently I sat down to watch it on one of my cable channels, but switched then changed channels during the opening credits.)
February 03, 2013 at 02:34 PM
(Argghhhh..... That first line was supposed to be in italics.
I think the Groundhog Day theme makes it difficult for me to watch. I find that particular bit of folklore really irritating rather than charming.)
February 03, 2013 at 02:36 PM
(Now that I think about it, I'm also not sure I've watched any Bill Murray movie to completion.)
February 03, 2013 at 02:38 PM
fess up and run the risk of having that person come see the lag in submissions and conclude essay writing we are not dedicated
February 19, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Kinda late add-on, but...I liked this assessment of the movie and its import a lot. From the Partially Examined Life : " 'Groundhog Day' as Platonic Morality Tale."
Oddjob, I have to believe you'd find it appealing. Groundhog Day is merely the occasion for the news crews' assignment. Bill Murray is *the talent* getting lessons one wishes all of our self-important and over-rated talent would get.
February 20, 2013 at 10:43 PM
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