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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
Although the band near the end is a jazz band, Phil's piano work in clearly Rock & Roll. See more »
Sunrise in early February in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is not until around 7:25 am, so at 6 am it would still be fully dark. See more »
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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Bill Murray can be a very funny guy, especially when given roles where
his character has a deliciously cruel edge. He has one of those faces,
and a voice to go with it, which can make nastiness and sarcasm funny.
Groundhog Day is a highly enjoyable vehicle for Murray's talents. It
also has a very clever concept, neatly brought to the screen by
actor-turned-director Harold Ramis (who starred alongside Murray in the
Pittsburgh weather-man Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent on assignment
to Punxatawney, where on Groundhog Day each year the locals have a
tradition of consulting the groundhog to find out if spring is imminent
or if they should prepare for 6 more weeks of winter. Phil despises the
job and the town, and can't wait to get it over with.... even though he
has a soft spot for Rita (Andie MacDowell), the producer overseeing his
broadcast. Phil's dislike of Punxatawney, its people and its traditions
is set to get a hell of a lot worse though.... as when he awakens the
next morning he finds himself reliving the same day. And so it goes -
every time Phil gets up, it's still February 2nd and he seems destined
to be stuck in the same day for the rest of eternity.
It seems early on in the proceedings that the film might run out of
steam and inspiration. After all, how can a film about a day which
repeats itself be anything but repetitive? Thankfully, Groundhog Day is
full of ingenious ideas, and it successfully throws up new developments
and delightful twists at every opportunity. The film is laced with
memorable dialogue, and Murray gets to play one of the defining roles
of his career as a facetious, sharp-tongued misanthrope who ultimately
learns the error of his ways. Groundhog Day is a very good film indeed,
and restores one's faith in the imagination still lurking beneath the
dismayingly shallow surface of Hollywood.
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