It's February 2nd, again. With all of the world's eyes turned towards Gobbler's Knob and the twitching nose of one hairy weatherman, this is the perfect time to turn your attention back to one of cinema's most beloved and critically acclaimed comedies from the great minds of Harold Ramis and Bill Murray.
Witty, barbed and with a dark heart that was never quite as nasty nor as draining as it could have been, Groundhog Day has transcended the usual limits of the medium to become a genuine cultural phenomenon as well as a bona-fide dictionary term. That's no small achievement in itself, but in film-making terms it is the least accolade of a justifiably adored film.
It might have cost the world Harold Ramis and Bill Murray as a team, but it did tranform the latter from clown into pathos-laden leading man in very real terms. And for that you should be eternally grateful. This Groundhog Day feels particularly pertinent given the sad death of director Harold Ramis at the end of February last year.
The fact that the film is not even considered his life's greatest work is testament to what a talent he was. And if only to celebrate him more, now is the perfect time to look back at some of the least known, and most eye-opening facts about Groundhog Day...