Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

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Director: Harold Ramis

Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott

     
 

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Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom is in his grasp. Phil displays a charm and wit on camera that evaporates the moment the red light goes off; he is bitter, appallingly self-centered, and treats his co-workers with contempt, especially his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and

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Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom is in his grasp. Phil displays a charm and wit on camera that evaporates the moment the red light goes off; he is bitter, appallingly self-centered, and treats his co-workers with contempt, especially his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot). On February 2, 1992, Phil, Rita, and Larry are sent on an assignment that Phil especially loathes: the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, PA, where the citizens await the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who will supposedly determine the length of winter by his ability to see his own shadow. Phil is eager to beat a hasty retreat, but when a freak snowstorm strands him in Punxsutawney, he wakes up the next morning with the strangest sense of déjà vu: he seems to be living the same day over again. The next morning it happens again, and then again. Soon, no matter what he does, he's stuck in February 2, 1992; not imprisonment nor attempted suicide nor kidnapping the groundhog gets him out of the loop. But the more Phil relives the same day, the more he's forced to look at other people's lives, and something unusual happens: he begins to care about others. He starts to respect people, he tries to save the life of a homeless man, and he discovers that he's falling in love with Rita and therefore wants to be someone that she could love in return.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
The modern comedy classic Groundhog Day stars Bill Murray as a rude, temperamental television weatherman on assignment in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the town's quaint Groundhog Day festivities. When an unexpected blizzard forces him to spend the night in a local hotel, Murray awakens to find that some unexplained, supernatural powers have sentenced him to re-live the same day over and over again -- until something inside him changes for the better. Fueled by cleverly appropriated themes from various Christmas classics, Groundhog's simplicity is its strength. Writer/director Harold Ramis shows a deft hand, gracefully orchestrating a story that might otherwise have dissolved into maddening repetition. The script is subtle, consistently funny and true to it's own strange logic. And Bill Murray brings a sharp comic edge to what is essentially a sweet tale of personal redemption, made all the sweeter by the grace of Andie McDowell as the woman worth waiting an eternity for.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
A charming and well-crafted comedy, Groundhog Day is that rare Bill Murray vehicle in which the material (and its execution) are every bit as good as the star's performance. Murray gives a top-shelf performance that covers a surprisingly broad emotional spectrum, and Andie MacDowell is luminous as Rita. Danny Rubin's screenplay and Harold Ramis's direction take a frankly unbelievable situation and treat it with enough realism to allow the audience to suspend disbelief; although the almost science-fiction premise resembles that of such serious experimental movies as Last Year at Marienbad (1961) and La jetée (1962), Groundhog Day grounds its high concept in romantic comedy, in the classic journey of a grump reformed, and in the details of ordinary life. The result is one of the richest and most dimensional comedies of the 1990s.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1994
UPC:
0043396522930
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Phil Connors
Andie MacDowell Rita
Chris Elliott Larry
Stephen Tobolowsky Ned
Brian Doyle-Murray Buster
Marita Geraghty Nancy
Rick Ducommun Gus
Rick Overton Ralph
Robin Duke Doris the Waitress
Angela Paton Mrs. Lancaster
Carol Bivins Anchorwoman
Les Podewell Old Man
Harold Ramis Neurologist
David Pasquesi Psychiatrist
Rob Riley DJ Voice
Willie Garson Phil's Assistant Kenny
Rod Sell Groundhog Official
Rom Milanovich State Trooper
Peggy Roeder Piano Teacher
Doc Erickson Herman, Bank Guard
Mike Shannon Fred
Timothy Hendrickson Waiter Bill
Dianne B. Shaw E.R. Nurse
Lucina Paquet Flat Tire Lady
Brenda Pickleman Buster's Wife
Eric Saiet Buster's Son
Terry Fryer Piano Hand Double
John M. Watson Bartender
Richard Henzel DJ Voice

Technical Credits
Harold Ramis Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Trevor Albert Producer
John Bailey Cinematographer
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
George Fenton Score Composer
Lisa Fischer Set Decoration/Design
Karen Fletcher-Trujillo Set Decoration/Design
Michael Haley Asst. Director
Pembroke J. Herring Editor
David Nichols Production Designer
Danny Rubin Original Story,Screenwriter
Tom Ryba Special Effects
Peter Smith Art Director

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Groundhog Day 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this movie Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom is in his grasp. Phil displays a charm and wit on camera that evaporates the moment the red light goes off; he is bitter, appallingly self-centered, and treats his co-workers with contempt, especially his producer Rita played by the charming Andie MacDowell and cameraman Larry played by Chris Elliot. On February 2, 1992, Phil, Rita, and Larry are sent on an assignment that Phil especially loathes: the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, PA, where the citizens await the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who will supposedly determine the length of winter by his ability to see his own shadow. Phil is eager to beat a hasty retreat, but when a freak snowstorm strands him in Punxsutawney, he wakes up the next morning with the strangest sense of déjà vu: he seems to be living the same day over again. The next morning it happens again, and then again. Soon, no matter what he does, he's stuck in February 2, 1992; nothing her tries gets him out of the loop. But the more Phil relives the same day, the more he's forced to look at other people's lives, and something unusual happens: he begins to care about others. He starts to respect people, he tries to save the life of a homeless man, and he discovers that he's falling in love with Rita and therefore wants to be someone that she could love in return.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grounhog Day is definately the best movie of all time. Bill Murray is unbelievable playing Phil the weatherman. I've seen the movie over a hundred times, and every time I laugh at something I didnt laught at before. The special edition is great too. Harold Ramis does a great job with his commentary. Near the end, he reveals that now that he's getting older, he cries at almost every movie. THis led him to admit that he cried at the end of X-Men. Anyway, i highly recommend buying this fantastic movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Groundhog Day'' is one of my top 5 movie picks. It's simple, profound, flawless. My prediction: It will sleep, only to be discovered some day as did another all-time great movie ''It's A Wonderful Life''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LAUGH LIKE A LITTLE SCHOOL GIRL AT THIS MOVIE! IF YOU ARE IN A BAD/SAD MOOD...POP THIS MOVIE IN THE VCR, IT'S BETTER THAN VODKA AND NYQUIL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love movies that say you can be something more than you are. This is one of my favorite movies. Every single time its on TV I watch it again (and again, and again). Time to by the DVD so I can watch it whenever I want to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great. I love watching Phil Connors get more and more frustrated and despondent as each day starts over again.His scenes with Ned Ryerson (BING!) are hilarious. This movie is great. I love watching Phil Connors get more and more frustrated and despondent as each day starts over again.His scenes with Ned Ryerson (BING!) are hilarious.
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