Video Release: January 20, 1998
Theatrical Release: 1993
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Studio: Pioneer Entertainment
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 102 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Once again, for the fifth year in a row, TV weatherman Phil Connors is forced to cover the Groundhog's Day ceremonies in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania -- an assignment he truly despises. But this year something weird happens: when he wakes up in the morning, ready to leave, he discovers it's February 2nd all over again. He tries to tell his producer, Rita, what's happening, but neither she nor anyone else understands -- only he remembers that they've already lived through Groundhog Day. When the same thing happens the next morning, he thinks he's going crazy and wreaks havoc all through the town. More and more mornings pass, all of them a February 2nd, and all of them with an ever angrier Phil. Desperate to escape, he even tries suicide -- but still another February 2nd dawns. As he starts realizing that his exploits are not making time march on any quicker, Phil begins to change his behavior, performing a series of life-saving tasks until he becomes a model citizen -- and hopes it will be enough to get him out of Punxsutawney forever.
Frank Capra meets Rod Serling in this high concept comedy that thoroughly follows through on its premise. As a cynical weatherman, Murray finds himself trapped by a blizzard he failed to predict and doomed to repeat the worst day of his life until he discovers the key to moving his life forward.
Color by Technicolor using Panavision equipment. Scooter played the Groundhog. Bill Murray had a very successful beginning to 1993 with two popular and critically well received films, this and "Mad Dog and Glory" directed by John McNaughton, co-starring Robert De Niro and Uma Thurman. He is quoted as saying about his role in "Groundhog Day," "You know, it's nice knowing you're doing your job well. It makes you - well, it makes me, anyway - goofy." Murray got his start on the NBC television show "Saturday Night Live." He was part of their second season, and replaced fellow-comedian Chevy Chase. His first film was "Meatballs" (1977). Murray appears here with his brother, Brian Doyle-Murray. He and director Harold Ramis have also worked together before, most notably on "Ghostbusters" (1984). Additional credits: Sally Boldt (music editor), Cinema Research Corporation (titles and opticals), and Pittard/Sullivan/Fitzgerald (title design). Susie Stevens performed "Take Me Round Again," Frankie Yankovic performed "Pennsylvania Polka," Terry Fryer wrote, produced and performed "Phil's Piano Solo." The song "La Bourree du Celibatoire" was also performed in the film. Copyright 1993 Columbia Pictures.