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Groundhog Day

In this low-angle shot from Groundhog Day (1994), Bill Murray’s character, Phil, is about to jump from the roof of the Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock, IL.

Groundhog Day follows a weatherman (Murray) who finds himself trapped in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over until he learns to reevaluate his priorities. In this segment of the film, Phil has grow so depressed with his situation that he tries to end his life multiple times.

In constructing the plot of Groundhog Day, screenwriter Danny Rubin used Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ ideas on the stages of death and dying: 

  1. denial

  2. anger

  3. bargaining

  4. depression

  5. acceptance 

This scene, highlighted in today's screenshot, is perhaps the movie’s most morbid:

“Perhaps the movie’s riskiest, funniest and certainly blackest section involves Murray’s spectacular, even grotesque, attempts to deal with the overwhelming despair of being stuck forever in the exact same place.” — LA Times, Feb. 12, 1993

Located about an hour from Chicago, Woodstock, IL, serves as the filming location for the fictional town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Its picturesque charm and historic square enhance the film's sense of nostalgia—and reinforce its theme of self-discovery and redemption.

Every year, the town celebrates the movie for which it is famous.



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