in about 100 words or less
USA 101m, Colour
Director: Harold Ramis; Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray
Groundhog Day is a dark comedy about a local television weatherman, Phil Connors, who, through some unexplained phenomenon, is forced to repeatedly re-live a single day in his life. Unfortunately for Phil, this day coincides with his most hated assignment: the coverage of the annual Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. After repeated attempted suicides and an agonizing realization that he is doomed to repeat this day forever, he is forced to re-evaluate his actions and his life. In addition to Murray’s fine comedic performance, there underlies a strong dramatic element to his character, which provides added significance to what would otherwise be a relatively thin plot. Until his work in Lost in Translation (2003), Groundhog Day was perhaps Murray’s best performance (Klaus Ming August 2010).