Bill Murray does warmth in Groundhog Day, 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 but pays off so richly that it doesn't need to be. Director Harold Ramis (who co-starred with Murray in Ghostbusters) takes an absurd situation and explores its every imaginable comic possibility. The elaborate loop-the-loop plot structure cooked up by screenwriter... Danny Rubin is crystal-clear every step of the way, but it is Murray's world-class reactive timing that makes the jokes explode, and we end up looking forward to each new variation. Because none of the other characters are aware that Groundhog Day is continually repeating itself, Murray goes through a repertoire of responses, from conniving lust for Rita (Andie MacDowell) to gleeful nihilism to a Zen resignation worthy of Buster Keaton. Groundhog Day manages the rare feat of producing belly laughs in abundance and also being genuinely wise about the human condition. --David Chute, Amazon.com On the DVD: the disc presents the movie in a 1.85:1 ratio and with Dolby surround sound. There are trailers for Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters and Multiplicity, along with filmographies for Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Andie McDowell and Chris Elliot. This remastered edition also comes with an extended documentary "The Weight of Time", which offers insights into the "European"-style script and production difficulties, but is a little over-lavish in its praise of the actors on set. Thought-provokingly, the documentary also touches upon the spiritual nature of the movie and what it has meant to an audience beyond being a simple comedy. Also included here is a directors commentary by Ramis which, although informative, has too many long breaks and would surely have benefited from the addition of Bill Murray to the conversation. --Nikki Disney [show more]
Everyone has seen Groundhog Day. It's one of the most delightful family comedies to come out of Hollywood in the past two decades and sees Bill Murray giving one of the best performances of his life as the luckless weatherman Phil Connors.
Phil Connors is strangely forced to live the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over for eternity. I think most people will have felt like this at some point in their lives and the film resonates with people in a whole manner of ways but more than anything, it's a wonderful feel-good movie that will perhaps make you look at your own life in a slightly different light.
Andie MacDowell and Chris Eilliot co-star as Rita and Larry, Phil's producer and cameraman respectively. Both add a huge amount of humour and charm as their characters have a beautiful natural feel about them.
As Phil realises that Groundhog Day is repeating over and over again, he is confused, panics and eventually gives up on life with repeated suicide attempts. Eventually he takes the view that he is a God - "I'm A God, not THE God" he informs Rita. He goes onto seduce women in the town over time after learning about their likes/dislikes/history, he learns the piano, he learns to ice sculpt amongst other numerous things.
He uses his vast experience of the same day to his advantage by helping people in various ways, ranging from a kid falling from a tree thus saving his life to saving a gentleman from choking while in a restaurant. Phil wins over Rita with his seemingly perfect abilities and this culminates in a wonderful day for Phil, the perfect day you could say.
In the end, words cannot do this film justice. It's simply one of those rare movies you can watch over and over and never tire of and always spot something new with each watch.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for the cameo from director Harold Ramis!
As for DVD extras, there is a 20 minute documentary called The Weight of Time, which is an insightful piece with offerings from some of the cast and filmmakers.
There are also three trailers on offer which are always nice to see again.
In a word, this DVD is magic. 10 / 10.
A wonderful feel-good movie. Bill Murray plays weatherman Phil Connors who is forced to live the same day over and over again - Groundhog Day!
An inspirational tale which is much more than just a comedy. It resonates in all of us because it is through his mistakes that Phil will learn to appreciate all of what life has to offer and realise he wants to be a better man.
Bill Murray's finest hour. Along with Andie MacDowell, who has never been more beautiful, and Stephen Tobolowosky's scene-stealing performance as Ned Ryerson, Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day will live on and on as a superb character study of a man who realises that nothing changes except himself, and how he affects those around him.
If you've never seen this film, you are missing something truly special!
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Cynical TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) has nothing but disdain for the population of Punxatawney, Pennsylvania, the nowhere town he has to visit every year in order to cover the traditional Groundhog Day festivities. Even the attractive company of new producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) doesn't cheer him up, and his mood doesn't improve when he is stranded overnight due to a blizzard. Imagine Phil's horror, therefore, when he wakes the following morning to discover that it is Groundhog Day. Again. For some reason, Phil has become trapped in a Punxatawney time loop, forced to live the same day over and over.... until he gets it right.