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Happy Ground Hog Day


Feb 1 2013, 11:13pm

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Happy Ground Hog Day Can't Post

The classic film by the same name was shot near where I live in the local town of Woodstock, IL (not Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania) and this is the 20th anniversary.

What is your favorite Bill Murray role?

Dr. Peter Venkman - Ghost Busters
Phil Connors - Ground Hog Day
Mayor Cole - City of Ember
Bob Harris - Lost in Translation
Ernie McCracken - Kingpin
Carl Spackler - Caddyshack
Pvt. John Winger - Stripes

OR, it doesn't matter, he is the same character in all movies!


(This post was edited by Eruonen on Feb 1 2013, 11:16pm)

Aragalen the Green

Feb 1 2013, 11:39pm

Post #2 of 14 (451 views)
Happy Marmota monax Day to you too! :) [In reply to] Can't Post

I would have to choose Bill Murray as...Carl Spackler! Obviously not nearly as smart as a gopher OR groundhog, but very determined (and a bit of a pyromaniac). Actually the gopher was a far better actor, and had the coolest theme song :)

There it is: dwarves are not heroes, but calculating folk with a great idea of the value of money; some are tricky and treacherous and pretty bad lots; some are not, but are decent enough people like Thorin and Company, if you don't expect too much.

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Feb 2 2013, 1:04am

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Not Punxsutawney? [In reply to] Can't Post

I should have taken a read through the end credits! We just watched it (again) while eating dinner - it's rewinding now. (Yes, there's these things called "VHS tapes"...)

Do you know why they selected Woodstock instead (aside from it being a very lovely, photogenic place)? Have you been to the filming sites?

I've seen Bill Murray in a few movies, but I think I'll always remember him as a Ghostbuster. Smile


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Feb 2 2013, 1:15am

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Harold Ramis is from Chicago so it was close to home. [In reply to] Can't Post

P.S. you can probably catch on tv all weekend.

We still have a vhs player but haven't used it in awhile. Just for those films we have not bothered to get on dvd/blu ray etc.

(This post was edited by Eruonen on Feb 2 2013, 1:18am)


Feb 2 2013, 1:24am

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Why Woodstock? Here is the official answer [In reply to] Can't Post


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Feb 2 2013, 2:20am

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Yes, it is indeed. [In reply to] Can't Post

A very handsome town! I'm glad that the Punxsatawney folks weren't too put out by the relocation.


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

Tol Eressea

Feb 2 2013, 2:35am

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Love Ground Hog Day :D [In reply to] Can't Post

That would be one of my favorite Murray films. Ground Hog Day is often thought of as just a goofy, fun comedy - which it is - but the way it shows him going through so many stages of understanding in coming to terms with his situation is brilliant and clever. (sorry, really awkward sentence Tongue)

I also liked him in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. But I think my all time favorite Murray role was, if I remember correctly, uncredited. It was his role as Dustin Hoffman's play-write roommate in Tootsie. One line is something like, "I don't want people to come up to me after seeing my play and say, 'Hey, man, I just saw your play; I really dig it' I want people to come up to me and say,'Hey man, I just saw your play. What Happened?' " Laugh

"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime


Feb 2 2013, 2:12pm

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Love Bill Murray!! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

My favourite flicks of his are Stripes, What About Bob "I'm Sailing!", Ghost Busters, and Scrooged. I enjoy him in everything he's done, but those are MUST SEEs for me!

sampleWishes you a Happy Groundhog Day!

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Tol Eressea

Feb 2 2013, 2:37pm

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How could I forget What About Bob?! [In reply to] Can't Post

So hilarious! Love the goldfish in it's bowl tied around his neckLaugh And, what is it he's always saying..." Baby step, baby step..." Smile

"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime

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Feb 2 2013, 6:31pm

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Wallace Ritchie: The Man Who Knew Too Little [In reply to] Can't Post

As much as I love Groundhog Day (just finished watching it), and Ghostbusters, The Man Who Knew Too Little is my favorite Murray movie. Great spy spoof.


Good night, tOR.Nados. Good work. Sleep well. I'll most likely delete you in the morning.


Feb 2 2013, 8:31pm

Post #11 of 14 (409 views)
Raleigh St. Clair in the Royal Tenenbaums [In reply to] Can't Post

He managed to be melancholy and yet totally hilarious. And that beard! Positively dwarvish.

Groundhog Day was my grandparents' anniversary. That's the only reason I can remember it (while completely forgetting my parents').


Feb 3 2013, 2:57am

Post #12 of 14 (412 views)
But what about the ground hog? [In reply to] Can't Post

Did he see his shadow where you live? Will you have six more weeks of winter? Get serious, people, this is important!


Feb 3 2013, 4:57pm

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Quick Change [In reply to] Can't Post

Grimm, the bank robbing clown. Love that movie!

A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.


Feb 3 2013, 8:30pm

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"Early Spring" [In reply to] Can't Post



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