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Groundhog Day

  • 1993
  • PG
  • 101min
  • 96%
  • 8 / 10

The movie takes place on the day of the titular annual event Groundhog Day, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, when the local groundhog, named Phil, is expected to emerge from his winter hibernation and determine for the people whether to expect an early spring or a prolonged winter season. The central character is a jaded weatherman, Phil Connors, who is fed up with life and the people around him, and especially hates the idea of the assignment to cover the event. After giving his report on air, and the sudden arrival of a devastating blizzard, Phil finds himself stranded in the small town. But that's only the beginning of his worries, as he soon finds that he is stuck in a time loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over again. Phil is forced to come to terms with this fantastical situation and confront his own inner demons, or he may never lead a normal life again. The cleverly draws on the repeated events of the day to push the narrative forward as well as the central character, with a healthy amount of silly events in the process.

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The film has become something of a cult classic since its initial theatrical release, as well as garnering the attention of the US National Film Registry, who recognized the film for preservation as culturally significant. Though only receiving mild success upon release, Groundhog Day is recognized by many as one of the best comedy films of its time, and a very popular film in star Bill Murray's long-running career as an actor and comedian.

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Groundhog Day is a 1993 comedy film written, directed, and produced by Harold Ramis, best known for his leading role in The Ghostbusters films. The movie stars Bill Murray, a friend of Ramis, and also a veteran of the Ghostbusters films, as well as Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot. The score for the movie was provided by George Fenton, who would later go on to compose for the award-winning nature documentary series Planet Earth and Blue Planet. The film was distributed by Columbia Pictures, with a budget of just over $14 million, earning over $70 million in its theatrical run.