1993 | 103 minutes | Rated PG
At the 2014 Academy Awards, held shortly after writer/director Harold Ramis' death, Bill Murray awkwardly interrupted the proceedings to nominate Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day. That last film, released in 1993, marked the final time Murray and Ramis would work together after repeated, increasingly heated creative differences on set caused a rift that widened into a silent gulf neither man would bridge for 20 years, until Murray finally crossed that divide to arrive at Ramis' bedside with a box of donuts. That he nominated Groundhog Day on the Oscars stage was another injustice Murray righted. Groundhog Day is Ramis' masterpiece, equal parts funny and philosophical, meaningful and silly—and though its making ruined that friendship, it was also the key that unlocked the second phase of Murray's career and led to his performances in Rushmore and Lost in Translation. In other words: Like a surprise visit from an old friend bearing donuts, Groundhog Day is a gift, and there's really no good reason to ever refuse it.
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