Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray,
Marita Geraghty, Angela Paton
1993, 103 Minutes, Directed by: Harold Ramis
Description: A romantic fantasy about a wacky
weatherman forced to relive one strange day over and over again, until he gets
it right. Snowed in during a road-trip expedition to watch the famous groundhog
encounter his shadow, Murray falls into a time warp that is never explained. —
The 19th Century German philosopher
Nietzsche once remarked that
his definition of hell would be to relive his life over-and-over again in exactly the same
way for infinity.
In Groundhog Day, an
obnoxious TV show presenter played by Bill Murray finds himself in a similar situation.
Thanks to some unexplained (by the movie) phenomenon, he is caught in a kind of infinite
time loop in which he is forced to relive the same day over and over again in a
snow-clogged little town he went to to cover a story.
Only he seems to realize that time
has gotten stuck somehow and no matter what he tries, he remains stuck in that same
day. Bill Murray is at his comic best when he plays the amoral sleazebag and here he plays
it to the hilt. The obligatory romantic interest is provided by the bland Andie MacDowell.
Groundhog Day may
be nestled firmly on the comedy shelf at your local video store, but its plot is
definitely sci-fi. Funny and well-acted, Groundhog Day should be seen for both
its comic and sci-fi elements.
Probably the last genuinely
good movie Bill Murray ever starred in!