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Groundhog Day (1993)

aka Groundhog Day

"He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over..."

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Details: 101 mins · English, French, Italiano · PG (USA)

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Sweet movie. I think I read somewhere that he relieved groundhog day for what would be the equivalent of 30 years!!! I can't even begin to imagine that!

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OK

Original and very funny story - well played by Bill Murray

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Cast:

Small Phil Connors
Small Rita
Small Larry
Small Ned Ryerson
Small Buster Green
No_movie_poster Nancy Taylor
No_movie_poster Mrs. Lancaster
No_movie_poster Gus
Small Ralph
No_movie_poster Doris, the Waitress
No_movie_poster Anchorwoman
Small Phil's Assistant Kenny
No_movie_poster The Groundhog
Small Man in Hallway
Small Fred
Small Neurologist
Small Psychiatrist
Small Bit
No_movie_poster Cop
No_movie_poster Piano Teacher
No_movie_poster State Trooper
No_movie_poster Debbie
No_movie_poster Buster's Wife
No_movie_poster Reporter

Crew:

No_movie_poster Cindy Marty Sound Editor
No_movie_poster Danny Rubin Author
No_movie_poster Danny Rubin Story Contributor
No_movie_poster David Nichols Production Design
No_movie_poster George Fenton Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster George H. Anderson Supervising Sound Editor
Small Harold Ramis Director
Small Harold Ramis Production
Small Harold Ramis Writer
No_movie_poster Howard Feuer Casting
No_movie_poster Jennifer Butler Costume Design
No_movie_poster John Bailey Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Lisa Fischer Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Mary Andrews Sound Editor
No_movie_poster Pembroke J. Herring Editor
No_movie_poster Pembroke J. Herring Editing
No_movie_poster Peter Landsdown Smith Art Direction
No_movie_poster Steve Boyum Stunts
No_movie_poster Tom Ryba Special Effects
No_movie_poster Trevor Albert Producer

Taglines:

"He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over..."

"He's having the worst day of his life...over, and over..."

"He's having the day of his life...over and over again."

Plot:

Self-centered TV meteorologist Phil Connors (Murray), news producer Rita (MacDowell), and cameraman Larry (Elliott), of Pittsburgh television station WPBH-TV9, travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on February 1. Their assignment is to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2. Phil, who doesn't like the assignment or the town, grudgingly gives his report on the festivities. He then gets his team on the road back to Pittsburgh, but a blizzard shuts down all travel. The team is forced to return to town and stay another night.

Phil wakes up to find that he is reliving February 2. The day plays out exactly as it did before, with no one but Phil aware of the time loop. At first he is confused, but, when the phenomenon continues on subsequent days, he decides to take advantage of the situation with no fear of long-term consequences: he learns secrets from the town's residents, seduces women, steals money, drives recklessly, and gets thrown in jail. However, his attempts to get closer to Rita, to whom he has become attracted, repeatedly fail.

Eventually, Phil becomes despondent and tries more and more drastically to end the time loop; he gives ridiculous and offensive reports on the festival, abuses residents, eventually kidnaps Punxsutawney Phil and, after a police chase, drives off a high overlook into a quarry, evidently killing both himself and the groundhog. However, Phil wakes up and finds that nothing has changed; further attempts at suicide are just as fruitless, as he continues to find himself waking at six o'clock on the morning of February 2 with the clock radio on his nightstand playing "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher.

When Phil explains the situation to Rita, she suggests that he should take advantage of it to improve himself. Inspired, Phil endeavours to try to learn more about Rita, building upon his knowledge of her and the town each day. He begins to use his by-now vast experience of the day to help as many people around town as possible. He uses the time to learn, among other things, how to play the piano, how to sculpt ice, and how to speak both Italian and French.

Eventually, Phil is able to befriend almost everyone he meets during the day, using his experiences to save lives, help townspeople, and to get closer to Rita. He crafts a report on the Groundhog Day celebration so eloquent that all the other stations turn their microphones to him. After the town's evening dance on February 2, Rita "buys" Phil at the event's auction. They retire together to Phil's room. He wakes the next morning and finds the time loop is broken; it is now February 3 and Rita is still with him. After going outside, Phil talks about living in Punxsutawney with Rita.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1993-02-12 : United States of America

DVD : 2002-01-29