Groundhog Day The Movie, Buddhism and Me

Groundhog Day Star Bill Murray

Here's what Bill Murray says about the script in a Mr. Showbiz interview. [Editor's Note: this link is dead, but left here in case you want to try to find the original]

That script by that kid, Danny Rubin - the quality was unbelievable. His script, if you walked in the door, was a masterpiece. If any script I ever did should have won an Oscar, it was that one. It didn't even get noticed! It was because it was early. It came out at the beginning of the year, and by the time the awards came, it was forgotten.

And just once, Rubin was struck by lightning and created one of the cleverest movie ideas ever.

During the discussion after the Zen Center showing, someone noted that Buddhism has been a continuing theme for Murray. It is the core of his commercially unsuccessful but critically acclaimed serious film, Razor's Edge, and he did this scene in Caddyshack about serving as a caddie for the Dalai Lama.

"So we finish the 18th and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, 'Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.' And he says, 'Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."
This article is about Murray, not really about Groundhog Day, although there is one good line in it...

New York Times
January 31, 1999, Sunday
Bill Murray, In All Seriousness
By Lynn Hirschberg
He despairs about the state of comedy. He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne. He is an actor, not a comedian, and in his new movie, 'Rushmore,' he proves it. But he still can't help being funny.
..." For the next decade, he worked steadily and made one truly great film, ''Groundhog Day.''

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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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