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Groundhog Day (1993)

Groundhog Day Directed by
Harold Ramis

Writing credits (WGA)
Danny Rubin (story)
Danny Rubin (screenplay) ...

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Genre: 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)

User Comments: An endless day where everyday is like Sunday (more)

User Rating: ********__ 8.0/10 (53,340 votes) Vote Here top 250: #191

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray .... Phil Connors
Andie MacDowell .... Rita
Chris Elliott .... Larry
Stephen Tobolowsky .... Ned Ryerson
Brian Doyle-Murray .... Buster Green
Marita Geraghty .... Nancy Taylor
Angela Paton .... Mrs. Lancaster
Rick Ducommun .... Gus
Rick Overton .... Ralph
Robin Duke .... Doris, the Waitress
Carol Bivins .... Anchorwoman
Willie Garson .... Kenny
Ken Hudson Campbell .... Man in Hallway
Les Podewell .... Old Man
Rod Sell .... Groundhog Official

MPAA: Rated PG for some thematic elements.
Runtime: 101 min
Country: USA
Language: English / French / Italian
Color: Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix: Dolby
Certification: Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG / Finland:K-10 / Germany:6 / Ireland:15 / Norway:10 / Singapore:PG / Spain:T / Sweden:7 / UK:PG / USA:PG

Trivia: 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). (more)

Goofs: Continuity: The outside of the car while Phil is driving with the groundhog. (more)

[first lines]
Phil: 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.

Awards: Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations (more)
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20 out of 24 people found the following comment useful:-
An endless day where everyday is like Sunday, 12 August 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

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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