Directed by Harold Ramis
Running time: 101 minutes
Groundhog Day, released in 1993, is a comedy directed by Harold Ramis which stars Billy Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott. Murray, in one of his best roles, plays Phil Connors, an arrogant and egocentric TV weatherman whose charm and wit evaporates into bitterness as soon as he sets foot off camera. The location is the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where Phil and his team - producer Rita (MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Elliott) have been sent to cover the annual event of Groundhog Day on February 2, 1992. Phil despises this annual assignment and after making his report, attempts to leave town but a blizzard shuts down all travel and they are forced to remain another night. The next morning, he wakes to find that he is reliving the day before but the horrible fact is that he is the only one aware of it. The film ensues with Phil trying drastically to end the time loop but even his offensive reportage and attempted suicides cannot stop the cycle. Confusion turns to opportunism and Phil soon learns to take advantage of the situation, acting recklessly, seducing women and stealing money with no apparent consequences however his attempts to get closer to Rita, to whom he has become seriously attracted, repeatedly fail. When Phil explains the situation to Rita, she suggests he takes advantage of it to improve himself, leading to the impossible: a turn around in his character where he begins to gain empathy for the first time and learns to care about others. Described by Murray as “probably the best work I've done” and voted one of the top 20 comedies of all time, this surreal small town fantasy is a worthy cult classic and it is testament to the film's enduring legacy that the phrase Groundhog Day has entered common usage as a description of any period of intolerable monotony. With its near structural perfection and posing of serious philosophical questions, it is the ultimate story of personal redemption.
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