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Groundhog Day Details


Bill Murray plays Phil, a TV weatherman working for a local station in Pennsylvania but convinced that national news stardom is in his grasp. Phil displays a charm and wit on camera that evaporates the moment the red light goes off; he is bitter, appallingly self-centered, and treats his co-workers with contempt, especially his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot). On February 2, 1992, Phil, Rita, and Larry are sent on an assignment that Phil especially loathes: the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, PA, where the citizens await the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog who will supposedly determine the length of winter by his ability to see his own shadow. Phil is eager to beat a hasty retreat, but when a freak snowstorm strands him in Punxsutawney, he wakes up the next morning with the strangest sense of déjà vu: he seems to be living the same day over again. The next morning it happens again, and then again. Soon, no matter what he does, he's stuck in February 2, 1992; not imprisonment nor attempted suicide nor kidnapping the groundhog gets him out of the loop. But the more Phil relives the same day, the more he's forced to look at other people's lives, and something unusual happens: he begins to care about others. He starts to respect people, he tries to save the life of a homeless man, and he discovers that he's falling in love with Rita and therefore wants to be someone that she could love in return. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 12, 1993


Awarded by
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Harold Ramis Best Original Screenplay 1994 Nominee


Bill Murray
as Phil Connors
Andie MacDowell
as Rita
Chris Elliott
as Larry
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Ned
Brian Doyle-Murray
as Buster
Marita Geraghty
as Nancy
Rick Ducommun
as Gus
Rick Overton
as Ralph
Robin Duke
as Doris the Waitress
Angela Paton
as Mrs. Lancaster
Carol Bivins
as Anchorwoman
Les Podewell
as Old Man
Harold Ramis
as Neurologist
David Pasquesi
as Psychiatrist
Doc Erickson
as Herman, Bank Guard
Rob Riley
as DJ Voice
Brenda Pickleman
as Buster's Wife
Lucina Paquet
as Flat Tire Lady
Dianne B. Shaw
as E.R. Nurse
Terry Fryer
as Piano Hand Double
Mike Shannon
as Fred
Willie Garson
as Phil's Assistant Kenny
John M. Watson, Sr.
as Bartender
Peggy Roeder
as Piano Teacher
Timothy Hendrickson
as Waiter Bill
Rom Milanovich
as State Trooper
Rod Sell
as Groundhog Official
Eric Saiet
as Buster's Son
Richard Henzel
as DJ Voice


Harold Ramis
Trevor Albert
Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis
John Bailey
George Fenton
Composer (Music Score)
David Nichols
Production Designer
C.O. Erickson
Executive Producer
Lisa Fischer
Set Designer
Michael Haley
First Assistant Director