Groundhog Day

1993, 101 minutes, Digital, PG

Language: English

Director: Harold Ramis

Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, and Stephen Tobolowsky

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

In this beloved ’90s classic, Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom is in his grasp. Phil displays a charm and wit on camera that evaporates the moment the red light goes off; he is bitter, appallingly self-centered, and treats his co-workers with contempt, especially his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot). On February 2, 1992, Phil, Rita, and Larry are sent on an assignment that Phil especially loathes: the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, PA, where the citizens await the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who will supposedly determine the length of winter by his ability to see his own shadow. Phil is eager to beat a hasty retreat, but when a freak snowstorm strands him in Punxsutawney, he wakes up the next morning with the strangest sense of déjà vu: he seems to be living the same day over again. The next morning it happens again, and then again. Soon, no matter what he does, he’s stuck in February 2, 1992.

“Lovable and sweet… Groundhog Day apart from everything else, is a demonstration of the way time can sometimes give us a break. Just because we’re born as SOBs doesn’t mean we have to live that way.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“A particularly witty and resonant comedy”
— Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Easily the most endearing film of both men’s careers, a sweet and amusing surprise package… After all the more obvious laughter is over, it may just make you smile.”
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Best Original Screenplay, BAFTA Awards

Deemed Culturally, Historically, or Aesthetically Significant by the National Film Registry

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