It is becoming clearer and clearer that 'Groundhog Day', directed by Harold Ramis, is one of the masterpieces of 1990s Hollywood cinema. Ryan Gilbey begins his account of the film with the long and unlucky gestation of the script by Danny Rubin and celebrates the inspired casting of Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.
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