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An in-depth analysis to discover just how long Bill Murray was trapped in Groundhog Day

02.02.2011

Well it's Groundhog Day, and I'm pretty sure when the groundhog is buried in three feet of snow and can't even see the sky, much less his shadow, that means we're in for a bunch more winter.

I'm told that today Encore is playing GROUNDHOG DAY on a non-stop loop in a very meta movie marathon.

Most of us enjoy the film, but a lingering question has always been asked of it. Just how long was Bill Murray stuck on that one day? Harold Ramis has previously said 10 years, but then revised it later to 30 or 40.

That's where ObsessedWithFilm writer Simon Gallagher comes in. Trying to live up to his site's name, he's written an incredibly detailed analysis of just how many days Murray was stuck there using clues from the film. He adds up things like how long it would take to train to be a ice carver, piano player or card thrower, along with various other comments from Murray in the film.

It's a pretty intense read, and I'm stunned someone put in the work to figure this out, but more power to you, Simon.

The grand total? 12,403 days, which is just over 34 years. Andie MacDowell was definitely cute in that movie, but could it really take that long to learn how to truly win her heart and learn not to be an asshole?

Extra Tidbit: Groundhog is a weird word. And kind of mean. Groundhog.

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3:51AM on 02/03/2011

The kid that falls from the tree...

I've seen this movie probably 25 times, and recently I finaly noticed something new: when Phil is in the hospital and the nurse tells him that the old homeless man has died, in the background you can see a kid in a full leg cast and red/blue jacket talking to his family. Later on, this is the kid (same jacket too!) that Phil catches from falling out of the tree, thereby preventing the broken leg. This is a pretty cool piece of background info that gives a little insight into how Phil ends up
I've seen this movie probably 25 times, and recently I finaly noticed something new: when Phil is in the hospital and the nurse tells him that the old homeless man has died, in the background you can see a kid in a full leg cast and red/blue jacket talking to his family. Later on, this is the kid (same jacket too!) that Phil catches from falling out of the tree, thereby preventing the broken leg. This is a pretty cool piece of background info that gives a little insight into how Phil ends up everywhere in the town and learns more and more about its residents with each attempt at the day.
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2:39AM on 02/03/2011
Great movie! One of my favorites of Bill's. Right up there with Ghostbusters, Caddy Shack, Scrooged, and What about Bob. Another great film of his is Quick Change. It also has Geena Davis and Randy Quaid in it. Check it out if you haven't seen it. You won't be disapointed.
Great movie! One of my favorites of Bill's. Right up there with Ghostbusters, Caddy Shack, Scrooged, and What about Bob. Another great film of his is Quick Change. It also has Geena Davis and Randy Quaid in it. Check it out if you haven't seen it. You won't be disapointed.
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9:41PM on 02/02/2011
"Put your little hand in mine, there ain't no mountian we can't climb" HAHA
"Put your little hand in mine, there ain't no mountian we can't climb" HAHA
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8:15PM on 02/02/2011

Watching now

will read this at 9
will read this at 9
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5:56PM on 02/02/2011
A great movie and a great article link. I love his reasining :)

Anyone think 'What About Bob' as an underrated classic?
A great movie and a great article link. I love his reasining :)

Anyone think 'What About Bob' as an underrated classic?
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6:02PM on 02/02/2011
What About Bob is a classic! "Baby steps out of the apartment, baby steps down the street" I used to watch that movie almost every day as a kid for some strange reason, along with Men at Work and Harry and Hendersons lol
What About Bob is a classic! "Baby steps out of the apartment, baby steps down the street" I used to watch that movie almost every day as a kid for some strange reason, along with Men at Work and Harry and Hendersons lol
5:01PM on 02/02/2011
Love the look of the Groundhog in the photo.
Love the look of the Groundhog in the photo.
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5:19PM on 02/02/2011
just like that evi hamster on youtube lol
just like that evi hamster on youtube lol
4:57PM on 02/02/2011

GROUNDHAWG !

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4:53PM on 02/02/2011

Probably my favorite comedy

I always interpreted the film as: Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, meaning another 6 weeks of winter. Leading to Bill Murray reliving that day for 6 weeks..
I always interpreted the film as: Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, meaning another 6 weeks of winter. Leading to Bill Murray reliving that day for 6 weeks..
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4:34PM on 02/02/2011

Need to revisit...

...as there's a young Michael Shannon in it.

I gotta know if he's ALWAYS had that creepy ass look.
...as there's a young Michael Shannon in it.

I gotta know if he's ALWAYS had that creepy ass look.
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4:49PM on 02/02/2011
The answer is YES!
The answer is YES!
3:58PM on 02/02/2011
Cool article.

Groundhog's Day is one of the greatest movies of all time and Bill Murray gives one of his best performances.

It's one of those movies that just gets better and better with each repeated viewing.
Cool article.

Groundhog's Day is one of the greatest movies of all time and Bill Murray gives one of his best performances.

It's one of those movies that just gets better and better with each repeated viewing.
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4:15PM on 02/02/2011
I see what you did there.
I see what you did there.
3:09PM on 02/02/2011
Agreed, one of the best comedies of all time, marred by the simple fact that NOBODY COULD EVER WANT ANDIE MACDOWELL THAT MUCH.

Still, Murray is awesome and Groundhog Day is amazing.
Agreed, one of the best comedies of all time, marred by the simple fact that NOBODY COULD EVER WANT ANDIE MACDOWELL THAT MUCH.

Still, Murray is awesome and Groundhog Day is amazing.
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2:54PM on 02/02/2011

Poor Bill Murray

I'm a long-time die-hard fan of groundhog day. I love it so much, that I love it despite the fact that Andie MacDowell is in it. She makes my skin crawl, and the idea that one would be trapped with her for 34 years makes me want to flay that skin off with a cheese grater.
I'm a long-time die-hard fan of groundhog day. I love it so much, that I love it despite the fact that Andie MacDowell is in it. She makes my skin crawl, and the idea that one would be trapped with her for 34 years makes me want to flay that skin off with a cheese grater.
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