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Groundhog Day (1993)

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A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doris the Waitress
Carol Bivins ...
Phil's Assistant Kenny
Les Podewell ...
Old Man


A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting "rat" (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the 'following' day he discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's having the day of his life...over and over again. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hechizo del tiempo  »


Box Office


$14,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,652,108, 15 February 1993, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Phil tells Rita in the diner, that Gus wishes he would have stayed in the Navy. Rick Ducommun played a Naval C-2 Greyhound Navigator in The Hunt for Red October (1990). See more »


When Phil is playing with Rita in the snow, they make a big snowman and some kids start throwing snowballs.. In the next scenes, the snowman is seen made of 3 big snowballs, and then 2 snowballs. See 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.
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Piano Sonata in C, K545, 1st movement
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An endless day where everyday is like Sunday
12 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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