Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for... Phil Connors

P is for... Phil Connors
Actor: Bill Murray
Films: Groundhog Day (1993)

The Character
Phil Connors is a grumpy guts. He hates Punxsutawney almost as much as he hates little rats - especially if they share the same name as him. On the bright side, it could be worse - he could be in an endless loop of the worst day of his life.

Again, there are always positives to take from the situation. It is possible to experience death, multiple times, sex, multiple times, and the most happy radio presenter in the world... multiple times. Daily.

At least his colleagues are sympathetic to his egotistical cause.

Yes, he's grumpy. He has a point.

The Actor
Who you gunna call? Bill Murray! After a varied start on US television at the tail end of the 1970's, Murray started his film career in 1979 with his role in Meatballs and quickly established his career in the early 1980's.

His big break came in 1984 with Ghostbusters which quickly became a cult classic thanks in the most part to Murray's sharp wit and humour. The film's success spawned a sequel, but not before Murray had starred in Little Shop of Horrors.

His role as the unfortunate (but enterprising) egotist in Ghostbusters is very similar to the part he played in Groundhog Day and has undoubtedly formed a part of Murray's comedic career.

Into the new Century and Murray has starred in voice work with Garfield and Fantastic Mr. Fox but his other comedy is not far behind as he followed up playing himself in Space Jam (1996) with a rather random self-titled character in Zombieland.

Classic Scene


  1. I love love love this movie. Great choice for today. Interesting fact, at the party near the end, that is actually Bill Murray playing the piano, hes very accomplished I think.

  2. I've been surprised that Hyde Park on Hudson has seen so little interest from critics. It seems like such an inspired choice to see Murray play FDR, regardless of the general quality of the film around him, not to mention a fairly interesting career development in itself.