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Groundhog Day
(1993)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Epic Soundtrax
(March 9th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a loyal souvenir from this cult classic film, including the choral and accordion performances of the "Pennsylvania Polka" that are a necessity for anyone maintaining a collection of bizarre film music with which to torture others.

Avoid it... if you seek a consistent, cohesive score by George Fenton for a film that really negated the possibility of such development given its zany personality and high profile source placements.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,800
WRITTEN 7/23/10
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Groundhog Day: (George Fenton) A silly 1993 film that nobody could have imagined becoming a cult classic, Groundhog Day is the cinematic definition of a late bloomer. After only average box office success, it launched into another dimension when arriving on home video, eventually becoming an icon that redefined notions of Groundhog Day and came to represent repetitive situations that people found intolerable. It has managed to sneak its way into several lists of the top comedy films of all time, an enduring symbol of lead actor Bill Murray's eccentric mannerisms. In the story, Murray is a difficult, offensive Pittsburgh weatherman who is assigned to cover the Groundhog Day ceremonies in Punxsutawney along with his producer and cameraman. By some supernatural occurrence, he is forced to relive that day countless times until he eventually reforms himself into a decent human being and wins the love of his producer, thus breaking the loop. There have always been debates about how long Murray's character spends in this predicament (eventually killing himself, killing the groundhog, attempting crazy stunts, and taking easy women before using his infinite time to his betterment), though director and co-writer Harold Ramis has postulated that the loop lasted for anywhere between 10 and 40 years. More interesting about Groundhog Day is the fact that it caused the split between the famed Ghostbusters alums that lasted more than a decade. Murray, who was in the midst of a nasty divorce at the time, refused to work amicably with Ramis on fine-tuning the script after the two disagreed on the direction the film should take (Murray opting for philosophy and Ramis for comedy), disappearing after shooting was finished and refusing to associate with or speak about Ramis again. Despite this unfortunate circumstance, the charm of Ramis' version of Groundhog Day is surprisingly enduring, and the tantrum-prone disposition of Murray was a perfect match for his character. The repetitive nature of the script caused certain parts of the film's soundtrack to become firmly engrained in audiences' memories after hearing the same pieces of music over and over again. This association typically involves the Sonny and Cher song "I Got You Babe" (which plays on the alarm clock radio to signal the arrival of another repeated day) and the "Pennsylvania Polka," the spirited accordion song that plays with choral accompaniment in the fictitious square established in the film to house the ceremonies. Either one could drive you mad after the fourth or fifth replay, but that's the point!



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87 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.75 Stars
***** 12 5 Stars
**** 15 4 Stars
*** 21 3 Stars
** 18 2 Stars
* 21 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:24
• 1. Weatherman* - performed by Delbert McClinton (4:18)
• 2. Clouds* (1:10)
• 3. I Got You Babe - performed by Sonny & Cher (3:12)
• 4. Quarter No. 1 in D - The Groundhog (2:08)
• 5. Take Me Round Again* - performed by Susie Stevens (3:06)
• 6. Drunks* (2:17)
• 7. Pennsylvania Polka - performed by Frankie Yankovic (2:24)
• 8. You Like Boats But Not the Ocean* (1:41)
• 9. Phil Getz the Girl* (3:31)
• 10. Phil Steals the Money* (1:21)
• 11. You Don't Know Me - performed by Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra (4:12)
• 12. The Kidnap and the Quarry* (2:50)
• 13. Sometimes People Just Die* (1:39)
• 14. Eighteenth Variation From Rapsodie on a Theme of Paganini - performed by Elizabeth Buccheri (3:34)
• 15. Medley: Phil's Piano Solo/Eighteenth Variation From Rapsodie on a Theme of Paganini - performed by Terry Fryer (1:49)
• 16. The Ice Sculpture* (2:05)
• 17. A New Day* (1:26)
• 18. Almost Like Being in Love - performed by Nat King Cole (1:52)
* composed or co-composed by George Fenton

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