Groundhog Day (1993)
Comedy / Fantasy / Romance (more)
Tagline: He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over... (more)
Plot Outline: A cynical weatherman is forced to continuously re-live the worst day of his life until he learns to become a better person. (more) (view trailer)
An endless day where everyday is like Sunday
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MPAA: Rated PG for some thematic elements.
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The scene where Bill Murray
gets out of the news van and talks to the state trooper is filmed on
the Amstutz Expressway under the Grand Avenue overpass just outside of
downtown Waukegan, Illinois. You can see the Waukegan business district
in some of the shots. The Amstutz Expressway was also used for the
filming of the big chase scene in the The Blues Brothers (1980).
Continuity: The outside of the car while Phil is driving with the groundhog.
Somebody asked me today, "Phil, if you could be anywhere in the world,
where would you like to be?" And I said to him, "Prob'ly right here -
Elko, Nevada, our nation's high at 79 today." Out in California,
they're gonna have some warm weather tomorrow, gang wars, and some
*very* overpriced real estate. Up in the Pacific Northwest, as you can
see, they're gonna have some very, very tall trees.
Won BAFTA Film Award.
Another 4 wins
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An endless day where everyday is like Sunday, 12 August 2004
Phil Connors, a cynical and unbearable journalist goes like every year in a
small town in Pennsylvania to report on "Groundhog Day", it means the
beginning of the spring. But, he is out of luck because due to the bad
weather, he and his crew (including the pretty Rita) he is compelled to stay
at his work place for the night. The following day, he awakes and lives
exactly the same day again but he is the only one to realize it. It is like
this, the next days again and again! What should Phil do to stop this? Maybe
an improvement of his personality would be the wisest solution.
You can easily imagine what a filmmaker like Frank Capra would have done
with such a topic but Harold Ramis managed very well and he signs here his
most beautiful success to date and one of the finest comedies of the
nineties. The main strength of "Groundhog Day" comes from a strong and
inventive screenplay which enables Bill Murray to go through all the
different states which is logical because if tomorrow is the same day,
anything goes for him! The script also draws its comical force from the
repetition. This process gives delightful sequences, notably in the first
part of the movie. You have to see Murray live the same day again, faced
with the same situations and as he despises people, it can only make the
spectator laugh. Moreover, Ramis described his main character by mocking at
him a little.
Of course, the evolution followed by Murray is a little predictable
(scornful at the beginning, he will succeed in becoming nice at the end of
the film and in finding love with Rita) and you easily guess the message
that Ramis tries to put across. But it remains nevertheless warm and deeply
humane. However that may be, the director gave us a pleasant, sometimes
funny sometimes moving movie to watch. And it is one of Bill Murray's best
performances: fair, never bombastic. What more could you ask from him?
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