Harold Ramis Answers History’s Most Burning Question

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One Microsoft Excel owner recently speculated that Bill Murray's character spent a total of eight years, eight months, and sixteen days reliving the same 24-hour period in Groundhog Day. Now director Harold Ramis weighs in: "I think the ten-year estimate is too short. It takes at least ten years to get good at anything, and, allotting for the downtime and misguided years he spent, it had to be more like 30 or 40 years … People have way too much time on their hands. They could be learning to play the piano or speak French or sculpt ice." [Heeb]