In 'Groundhog Day' Bill Murray's character said "I'm a god. I'm not the God."

What does "I'm a god" mean?


The Oxford Living Dictionaries has these definitions for the word god:



  1. (in Christianity and other monotheistic religions) the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.

  2. (in certain other religions) a superhuman being or spirit worshipped as having power over nature or human fortunes; a deity.

    ‘a moon god’
    ‘the Hindu god Vishnu’

Groundhog Day was set in the US where christianity dominates. That is, a lot of Americans believe in the "one true god". In the movie, Murray is saying that although he believes himself to be a god (definition #2), he is not the (christian) god (definition #1).

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  • If I say "I'm a god" it doesn't means God, right? – 69 420 1970 Sep 20 '18 at 23:54
  • Yes, the a indicates that you are one god among, possibly, many. (Note that there is also another definition I didn't include: A greatly admired or influential person. which could also apply here. I didn't include it as Murray's character clearly meant definition #2.) Note that when writing about the god, the word "god" is generally capitalized. (I'm an atheist so I don't bother, but that's just me.) – Roger Sinasohn Sep 21 '18 at 0:01
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    I'm atheist too)) – 69 420 1970 Sep 21 '18 at 0:04
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    Also remember Groundhog Day was Ramis and Murray, and when someone asks you if you're a god you say yes – Elliott Frisch Sep 21 '18 at 1:05

He is clearly referring to supernatural powers that he has somehow obtained, making him way higher over mere humans.

However, he qualifies himself, and warns that he is not G-d as the audience knows him. Not the one that people pray to, or that is responsible for creating the universe. Rather, he just has superhuman capabilities and powers.

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    @Mari-LouA ah a typo see edits please – Dr. Shmuel Sep 21 '18 at 6:51

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