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Trailers from Hell: Chris Wilkinson on Classic Comedy of Repetition 'Groundhog Day,' Starring Bill Murray

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood January 6, 2014 at 2:15PM

Deja Vu All Over Again! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Chris Wilkinson introducing Harold Ramis' classic comedy of time-warp repetition, "Groundhog Day," starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell as would-be lovers at the mercy of furry Punxsutawney Phil.
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'Groundhog Day'
'Groundhog Day'

Deja Vu All Over Again! kicks off this week at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Chris Wilkinson introducing Harold Ramis' classic comedy of time-warp repetition, "Groundhog Day," starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell as would-be lovers at the mercy of furry Punxsutawney Phil.

Murray finds the quintessential Bill Murray role in Ramis’ 1992 comic morality play about a shallow, egocentric reporter forced to repeat the same 24 hour day till he gets it right. The gently acerbic script, by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, is equal parts Woody Allen and Preston Sturges with a little Frank Capra thrown in. Chris Elliot, Brian Doyle-Murray and Ramis are part of an amiably eccentric supporting cast that would make Sturges proud.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.