Groundhog Day The Movie, Buddhism and Me

Boston Globe Anniversary Appreciation

The Pink Section of the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle carried a syndicated newspaper story about how Groundhog Day is increasingly becoming a popular cult film.

If you want the complete article, click on the headline. It will cost you $2.95. Here are excerpts:

In This Tale, Hope Springs Eternal
Daniel Golden, Boston Globe Staff
February 2, 1998

...I'm a charter member of the "Groundhog Day" cult, a worshipper of the 1993 tragicomedy about a snide weatherman condemned to relive eternally a holiday he despises in a podunk town -- Punxsutawney, Pa. -- he hates even more.

...Like "It's a Wonderful Life," another grim but uplifting holiday movie in which the protagonist overcomes thoughts of suicide, "Groundhog Day" is starting to be appreciated as an American classic. Screenwriting gurus cite it as a model, and post-modern philosophers study its alternate realities. Its message of self-purification through struggle and repetition has been analyzed in religious treatises and appropriated by Buddhist, Christian, and Jewish theologians alike.

"I got into the film business dreaming of making movies like `It's a Wonderful Life' or more contemporary movies like `Being There,' " Trevor Albert, its producer, said in a telephone interview last week. "Movies that became American classics. I feel like I've got one in `Groundhog Day.' "

..."There are two types of people in this world: those that love `Groundhog Day' and those that can't appreciate it," a fan writes on one of three Internet home pages dedicated to the movie. "Our job is to exterminate this latter group."

If so, Stanley Cavell's survival is assured. In response to The New York Times Magazine, which asked him to identify "works created in the late 20th century" that will "still be discussed, viewed, read and cherished 100 years from now," Cavell did not choose a "Godfather" film, any Don DeLillo novel, or Seamus Heaney poem.

Giving an answer that is now pinned on Albert's refrigerator, Cavell picked "a small film that lives off its wits and tells a deeply wonderful story of love" -- "Groundhog Day."

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Other material. This is a chronological "blog" of new Groundhog Day material as it accumulates; much of it once resided on the home page, but that page had become too large.

Commentary from Prof. Franz Metcalf, (, author of Just Add Buddha and Buddha in your Backpack

The name Ned Ryerson

New York Times Feature Story on Groundhog Day, The Movie

Boston Globe Anniversary Appreciation

French (Jaques Brel) in the restaurant and Walter Scott (The Wretch) in the Diner

Paul Schindler's Blog Comments On Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day Links and Metalinks

Groundhog Day Script Writer Danny Rubin

Groundhog Day Star Bill Murray

Groundhog Day Director Harold Ramis

New Yorker Profile of Groundhog Day Director Harold Ramis

Groundhog Day essay in Stephen Simon's book, The Force Is With You: Mystical Movie Messages That Inspire Our Lives

Groundhog Day essay by Mario Sesti in the Museum of Modern Art catalog for, The Hidden God: Film and Faith

Groundhog Day by Ryan Gilbey, published by the British Film Institute and the University of California Press.

The Italian remake of Groundhog Day .

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