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    Groundhog Day – 1993

    Groundhog DayGenre:
    Comedy, Fantasy

    Release Date:
    February 125, 1993

    101 minutes

    Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a successful weatherman on TV. But he is not successful in life and nobody likes him, not even… his shadow. Punxsutawney Phil is a… Groundhog! A small rodent that locals in Punxsutawney of Pensylvania, believe it can predict the weather. If the cute little animal, on the “ceremony” that takes place on February 2nd, comes out of its nest and see its shadow, then the winter will continue for more weeks. If Phil the Groundhog do not see its shadow, then spring will come early.

    Obviously for Phil Connors all these are crap and when he learns he will have to go, for fourth year in the row, to cover Groundhog Day he is furious. Willy-nilly, Phil travels with Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell) his producer and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) to Punxsutawney. February 2nd: Groundhog Day. Phil wakes up and the alarm clock radio plays “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher. He gives his report for Groundhog Day, offends his colleagues and prepares to leave as soon as possible, before they catch bad weather. But the blizzard is already there and the roads are blocked with cars stuck in snowy roads. What Phil does not know, is that he is stuck in Groundhog Day. He will live this day time an again, like there is no tomorrow. Every morning he wakes up with “I Got You Babe”, every day the Groundhog predicts the weather etc. Maybe he is doing something wrong?

    Our impressions and movie review:
    If you knew what happens next, what would you change? Would you do the same again? Would you try to gain something of it? Would you cherish the moment? Exploit situations? Try to help other people? Try to become better?

    We cannot say that the protagonist of this film was a good man. And certainly he was not a good “student”. Because he lived the same day over and over, until he could make some sense of it. And then again till he knows better! We, the viewers, have the advantage that we can laugh at his sufferings and his mistakes. But maybe we should try a bit to learn from his mistakes, since we do not have the chance to relive our lives, or a small part of our life, to correct our mistakes.

    Screenwriter Danny Rubin and director Harold Ramis are in the best moment of their career. Bill Murray and Andie MacDowel are amazing in the leading roles, and the rest actors give very good perfomances as well, whether it is for a few minutes, or for a scene that, with some minor changes, is repeated several times. And then, towards the end of the movie, when the meteorogist goes one step ahead as a better person, the comedy gives way to romance and love.

    Groundhog Day is one of our favorite movies and we believe this is among the best films of all time. See this movie! And if you have seen it before… see it again!

    Groundhog Day – Trailer

    Movie Quote from Groundhog Day

    [“I Got You Babe” on the alarm clock radio]
    D.J. #1: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.
    D.J. #2: It’s coooold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
    D.J. #1: Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel later today with that, you know, that, uh, that blizzard thing.
    D.J. #2: [mockingly] That blizzard – thing. That blizzard – thing. Oh, well, here’s the report! The National Weather Service is calling for a “big blizzard thing!”
    D.J. #1: Yessss, they are. But you know, there’s another reason why today is especially exciting.
    D.J. #2: Especially cold!
    D.J. #1: Especially cold, okay, but the big question on everybody’s lips…
    D.J. #2: On their chapped lips…
    D.J. #1: On their chapped lips, right: Do ya think Phil is gonna come out and see his shadow?
    D.J. #2: Punxsutawney Phil!
    D.J. #1: That’s right, woodchuck-chuckers – it’s…
    D.J. #1 and D.J. #2 together: GROUNDHOG DAY!

    Movie Quote from Groundhog Day

    Rita: Do you every have déjà vu?
    Phil: Didn’t you just ask me that?

    Movie Quote from Groundhog Day

    Phil: Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.

    Movie Quote from Groundhog Day

    [Phil talking to the Traffic Police after driving like a nutcase]
    Phil: Yeah, three cheeseburgers, two large fries, two chocolate shakes and one large coke.
    Ralph: And some flapjacks.
    Phil: Too early for flapjacks?

    Movie Quote from Groundhog Day

    Phil: I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over, and over, and over…

    Movie Quote from Groundhog Day

    Ned: Am I right or am I right? Or am I right? Am I right?

    Movie Quote from Groundhog Day

    [Driving down the railroad tracks ]
    Phil: It’s the same thing your whole life: “Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Pick up your feet. Take it like a man. Be nice to your sister. Don’t mix beer and wine, ever.” Oh yeah: “Don’t drive on the railroad track.”
    Gus: Well, Phil, that’s one I happen to agree with.
    [Driving towards an approaching train]
    Phil: I’m betting he’s going to swerve first.


    Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis

    Harold Ramis

    Groundhog DayCast:
    Bill Murray – Phil Connors
    Andie MacDowell – Rita Hanson
    Chris Elliott – Larry
    Stephen Tobolowsky – Ned Ryerson
    Brian Doyle-Murray – Buster Green
    Marita Geraghty – Nancy Taylor
    Angela Paton – Mrs. Lancaster
    Rick Ducommun – Gus
    Rick Overton – Ralph
    Robin Duke – Doris the Waitress
    Carol Bivins – Anchorwoman
    Willie Garson – Phil’s Assistant Kenny
    Ken Hudson Campbell – Man in Hallway
    Les Podewell – Old Man
    Rod Sell – Groundhog Official
    Tom Milanovich – State Trooper
    John M. Watson Sr. – Bartender
    Peggy Roeder – Piano Teacher
    Harold Ramis – Neurologist
    David Pasquesi – Psychiatrist
    Lee R. Sellars – Cop
    Chet Dubowski – Bank Guard Felix
    C.O. Erickson – Bank Guard Herman
    Sandy Maschmeyer – Phil’s Movie Date
    Leighanne O’Neil – Fan on Street
    Evangeline Binkley – Jeopardy! Viewer
    Samuel Mages – Jeopardy! Viewer
    Ben Zwick – Jeopardy! Viewer
    Hynden Walch – Debbie
    Michael Shannon – Fred
    Timothy Hendrickson – Waiter Bill
    Martha Webster – Waitress Alice
    Angela Gollan – Piano Student
    Shaun Chaiyabhat – Boy in Tree
    Dianne B. Shaw – E.R. Nurse
    Barbara Ann Grimes – Flat Tire Lady
    Ann Heekin – Flat Tire Lady
    Lucina Paquet – Flat Tire Lady
    Brenda Pickleman – Buster’s Wife
    Amy Murdoch – Buster’s Daughter
    Eric Saiet – Buster’s Son
    Lindsay Albert – Woman with Cigarette
    Roger Adler – Guitar Player
    Ben A. Fish – Bass Player
    Don Riozz McNichols – Drum Player
    Brian Willig – Saxophone Player
    Richard Henzel – D.J. (voice)
    Rob Riley – D.J. (voice)
    Scooter – The Groundhog

    Production Companies and Distributors:
    Columbia Pictures
    Columbia TriStar Films
    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



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