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Groundhog Day (1993)


Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott..

Rating: PG-13.

Run time: 101 mins

Genre: Comedy.

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

One of the highpoints of Bill Murray's career, Groundhog Day still tickles all the right funnybones in this 15th anniversary edition.

15 years already? Sheesh, time marches on so quickly. If only we could all enjoy the experience of living one day over and over - without aging, of course - the premise of this funny flick.

Murray plays jaded TV weatherman Phil Connors, who wisecracks his way through the daily forecasts at a Pittsburgh TV station, but is an offscreen sourpuss to his colleagues.

For the umpteenth time one February 2, Connors is dispatched to cover Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania - an event and town he hates. It's even more trying with a happy and cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and sarcastic cameraman (Chris Elliott) along for the ride.

Connors grinds his teeth and covers the event, his disdain clearly showing. But when the trio tries to head back to the city, they run into the blizzard Connors had forecast wouldn't happen.

Bad enough to be stuck in Punxsutawney for another night, but when Connors wakes next morning to the sounds of Sonny and Cher warbling I Got You Babe on his bedside radio alarm clock, he makes a horrifying discovery: it's Groundhog Day again . . . and again . . . and again . . .

This could easily have been a one-trick pony of a movie, but screenwriters Danny Rubin and Harold Ranmis (who also directs) keep it fresh as Connors ponders what to do with a day that keeps repeating itself. There are many laugh-out-loud situations as Connors encounters the same characters day after day, tries his hand at seduction and decides to learn the piano. His Clint Eastwood impression is hilarious.

This all-new edition features several featurettes on the making of the movie, with cast interviews plus some deleted scenes. A featurette on groundhogs is especially interesting - they're almost as cute as Bill Murray!



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