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Movie Groundhog Day Harold Ramis (1993)
Groundhog Day has often been copied but never equalled. This beautiful, tender and funny time loop story, with a famous Sonny & Cher hit in the background, made Bill Murray a popular actor.
The Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast
The Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast - Credit: Google street view

I’m a god. I’m not the God, I don’t think. (…) I have been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted and burned. Every morning I wake up fine, not a dent in the fender. I am an immortal.

Phil Connors (Bill Murray)

If the plot of Groundhog Day takes place in Pennsylvania, in the small town of Punxsutawney, the shooting took place in Woodstock, Illinois. The scriptwriter Danny Rubin wished from the start to immerse his characters in the atmosphere of this village whose inhabitants feverishly wait for the date of February 2nd to celebrate the Groundhog Day, a real popular festival placed at the center of the dynamics of his script. From the beginning, Harold Ramis wanted to shoot in a typical American small town. Of course, there is talk of exploiting the real Punxsutawney, but the production is hardly seduced by the available sites. However, it is in this village that the real marmot resides, capable, according to legend, of predicting the arrival of spring. Finally, it is in Woodstock that the first cranking is given, on March 16, 1992. The weather is freezing. Bill Murray in particular, always quick to make himself heard, complains about the extreme weather conditions. The tension is often palpable between the latter and the director. The Cherry Tree Inn is the nerve centre of the story and shines brightly on the screen. Nevertheless, all the interior scenes, and thus the famous awakening sequences, are shot in the studio. The team uses other places in the city. Later, the city will even have a plaque placed on the sidewalk in the exact spot where Phil Connors stepped into a puddle of ice water. A memory of the eventful shooting of an iconic film that has been quoted and parodied many times. An endless cult.

Strangely inspired by Anne Rice’s novel Lestat the Vampire and the idea of immortality, Groundhog Day was released in American cinemas on February 12, 1993. It was an immediate success and the critics were enthusiastic. Nevertheless, over the years, the film has acquired its cult status, to the point of being included in the prestigious National Film Registry in 2006.

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In the bonus DVD of the film, Harold Ramis said that Phil Connors was stuck in time for ten years.

Scene in front of Phil Connors' hotel in Groundhog Day
Scene outside Phil Connors’ hotel in Groundhog Day – Credit: Columbia Pictures

The Cherry Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast

If this superb Victorian building of The Cherry Tree Inn is forever associated with Groundhog Day, it has long been a symbol of old-fashioned living in the heart of Woodstock.

The Cherry Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast has been welcoming visitors for many years and has become one of the most popular resorts in the area. In summer an... Learn more about The Cherry Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast

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By Gilles Rolland

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

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