TOM HANKS GROUNDHOG DAY
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It’s 2 February, again, and once again all of the world’s eyes turn towards Gobbler’s Knob and the twitching nose of one hairy weatherman. Which means it’s 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 transform the latter from clown into pathos-laden leading man in very real terms. And for that you should be eternally grateful.

Precisely 25 years after the cult classic hit cinemas, now is as good a time as any to look back at some of the least known and most eye-opening facts about Groundhog Day…

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