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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!
|Bill Murray||Phil Connors|
|Stephen Tobolowsky||Ned Ryerson|
|Brian Doyle-Murray||Buster Green|
|Marita Geraghty||Nancy Taylor|
|Angela Paton||Mrs. Lancaster|
|Robin Duke||Doris, the Waitress|
|Willie Garson||Phil's Assistant Kenny|
|Ken Hudson Campbell||Man in Hallway|
|Lee R. Sellars||Cop|
|Peggy Roeder||Piano Teacher|
|Tom Milanovich||State Trooper|
|Brenda Pickleman||Buster's Wife|
|John Bailey||Director of Photography|
|George Fenton||Original Music Composer|
|David Nichols||Production Design|
|Pembroke J. Herring||Editor|
|Peter Landsdown Smith||Art Direction|
|George H. Anderson||Supervising Sound Editor|
|Lisa Fischer||Set Decoration|
|Jennifer Butler||Costume Design|
|Tom Ryba||Special Effects|
|Cindy Marty||Sound Editor|
|Mary Andrews||Sound Editor|
|Danny Rubin||Story Contributor|
"He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over..."
"He's having the day of his life...over and over again."
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.
Theatrical : 1993-02-12 : United States of America
DVD : 2002-01-29