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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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Harold Ramis

Writers:

Danny Rubin (screenplay), Harold Ramis (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #234 | Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Groundhog Day See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$70,906,973
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (as Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tori Amos was considered for the role of Rita. See more »

Goofs

Phil says, "Well maybe the *real* God uses tricks, you know? Maybe he's not omnipotent. He's just been around so long he knows everything." Knowing everything is not omnipotence, it's omniscience. The actor might have read the line wrong. Alternatively, Phil might simply have used the wrong word - he is an arrogant know-all, who might not be as clever as he thinks, or the mistake might just be reflecting the great stress he would be under having realized his predicament. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

The original version that was released to the movie theatres contained an extra scene with Phil and Rita at the bar. In it, she explains how she likes sweet vermouth with a twist because it reminds her of how the sun hits the buildings in Rome in the afternoon, and also how she would like to live in the mountains. In the VHS release, this scene has been cut, but the next scene in which Phil repeats these things to Rita, still remains. See more »

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Referenced in The Gadget Show: Episode #5.8 (2006) See more »

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Phil's Piano Solo
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Neglected Masterpiece
21 August 2005 | by Ric-7See all my reviews

I thought the film was terrific when I saw it in theaters twelve years ago. Recently in watching it again on cable, I was amazed at the quality of the screenplay. I didn't notice the first time. But on repeated viewings (like reliving Groundhog Day), I was impressed at the story created by the writers. This film is so much more than witty jokes and comic riffs arranged around a gimmick. It has an internal logic and consistency that is very rarely found in screenplays. No joke seemed disposable, and as you laugh your way along, the philosophy underlying the film takes over your imagination.

Check the IMDb listings for this film's awards: look at the numerous British awards for writing. And yet this film was not even nominated for an Oscar. It is so rare that a film's jokes seem just as fresh more than a decade later, but I believe that is because the theme underlying the humor will never go out of fashion.

The acting was terrific, and I now think this is Bill Murray's best work (though I didn't take it seriously when I first saw the film.) But the screenplay is the one of the finest ever written. I don't know if it's studied in film schools, but it ought to be.

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ON HAROLD RAMIS' DEATH: Ramis told The Associated Press in a 2009 story about the 50th anniversary of Second City. "When you hit it right, those things last."

I found that quote in a story on Ramis' death. The story curiously did not mention "Groundhog Day." If there is any film to serve as a fitting memorial for Harold Ramis, it must be "Groundhog Day." A totally perfect script, perfectly executed. He hit it right, and when will he get the recognition he deserved decades ago?


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