Groundhog Day

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Columbia Pictures Released 1993

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Director:
Harold Ramis
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG

Weatherman, Phil Connors, who after covering the annual appearance of world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, is caught in a time loop where he is doomed to repeat that day until he can undo his bitterness he unleashed on new Producer Rita. When a blizzard traps him and his crew in Pennsylvania, he wakes up the next day to find that he is repeating the previous day, and he is the only one aware of this time loop. At first he is confused, but he later uses the loop to his selfish means, stealing money, driving drunk, and seducing women. His days get more ridiculous until he kidnaps the famous groundhog and attempts suicide by driving into a quarry, but he fails and continually wakes up on February 2nd. He explains it to Rita, who suggests that he uses the loop to try to improve himself, and Phil uses the time to study French and Piano, as well as befriending everyone he can and trying to win the heart of Rita.

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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    That glimmer of recognition is what makes Groundhog Day a particularly witty and resonant comedy, even when its jokes are more apt to prompt gentle giggles than rolling in the aisles.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A demonstration of the way time can sometimes give us a break.

  • 60

    Variety

    The film is inconsistent in tone and pace; fortunately the pay-off works, bringing some much needed warmth to the area.

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    • Production Budget - $14,600,000
      Domestic Gross - $70,906,973 (13th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $139,758,671

    • Filming locations include:
      Universal Studios
      Algonquin
      , Illinois
      Cary, Illinois
      Woodstock, Illinois
      Rockford, Illinois
      Waukegan, Illinois

    • Tagline:
      He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over...

    • Music:
      Weatherman
      Written by George Fenton and Harold Ramis
      Performed by Delbert McClinton
      I Got You Babe
      Written by Sonny Bono
      performed by Sonny & Cher
      Pennsylvania Polka
      Written by Lester Lee and Zeke Manners
      Performed by Frankie Yankovic
      Take Me Around Again
      Written by George Fenton
      Performed by Susie Stevens
      You Don't Know Me
      Written by Eddy Arnold and Cindy Walker
      Performed by Ray Charles
      Eighteenth Variation from Rapsodie on a Theme of Paganini
      Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
      Phil's Piano Solo
      Written and performed by Terry Fryer
      Almost Like Being in Love
      Written by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe

    • BAFTA Wins:
      1. Screenplay

    • Other Production Companies:
      Columbia / Tri Star (distributor)

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Categories

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Themes

extraordinary situations, destiny, sarcastic characters, love story, multiple endings