Culver City, CA — The day that would never end for Bill Murray is turning 20-years-old and the cult classic Groundhog Day is celebrating it properly with a 29-city movie reunion tour that kicks off in Phoenix, Arizona on July 13th. Included in the tour will be cast members Bill Murray, Chris Elliott, Andie MacDowell and Stephen Tobolowsky. It is unclear the exact parties they plan to attend, but if you live in any of the cities listed on the tour, the main characters from Groundhog Day might just be partying with you.
Paul Horner who is a spokesman for Sony Pictures Studios said everyone is excited about the reunion tour. “What better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Groundhog Day than a reunion tour visiting and partying with the same fans who made this movie as popular as it still is today,” Horner said. “Besides the fun and excitement this tour will bring it is also helping others by raising money for the March of Dimes that works to improve the health of mothers and babies.”
For those not familiar with the movie; it centers around an arrogant and egocentric Pittsburgh TV weatherman (Murray) who is reluctantly sent to cover a story about Groundhog Day. This is the fourth year in a row that he has done the story and makes no effort to hide his frustration. The following day he finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. Groundhog Day has been considered a tale of self-improvement which emphasizes the need to look inside oneself and realize that the only satisfaction in life comes from turning outward and concerning oneself with others rather than concentrating solely on one’s own wants and desires. According to the website Wolf Gnards, Murray’s character Phil Connors spends 8 years, 8 months and 16 days trapped in Groundhog Day.
It is not yet known the venues of the parties and where they will be held in each city. Horner told CNN that most of the parties will be at someone’s personal residence. “Any house or location interested must have a sheet or banner with the words ‘Groundhog Day Party Here’. You can also contact the hotline we have setup and inform us of a party that you will be throwing,” Horner said. “Ideas for your party can include a screening of the movie Groundhog Day, karaoke, Groundhog Day themed costumes along with plenty of food and alcohol just to name a few. Murray, Elliott, MacDowell and Tobolowsky will be signing autographs and just hanging out with guests so please make your party as comfortable as possible for them.”
The odd moment of the press conference came when 27-year-old Eli Kluger from Phoenix, Arizona told reporters he thought Rick Moranis was in Groundhog Day. “Wasn’t Rick Moranis in Groundhog Day, or am I thinking of another movie?” That is when all the reporters in attendance laughed and pointed at him for being stupid or attempting to be funny.
The Groundhog Day Movie Reunion Tour kicks off July 13th in Phoenix, Arizona and will end September 14th in Austin, Texas. For a complete list of dates and locations of this tour, click here. For more information please call the 24-hour Groundhog Day Movie Reunion Tour Hotline at (310) 244-4000.