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Groundhog Day (1993)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Groundhog Day (1993)

In writer Danny Rubin and director Harold Ramis' science fiction/romantic comedy, set in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania during the annual Groundhog Day festivities:

  • the fascinating, existentialist premise of the film: "What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same and nothing you did mattered?"
  • the character of grumpy, obnoxious Pittsburgh weather forecaster Phil Connors (Bill Murray), who despised reporting on Groundhog Day, and told his co-workers Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot) while on-camera: "This is pitiful. A thousand peopIe freezin' their butts off, waiting to worship a rat. What a hype! Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You're hypocrites! All of ya!"
  • the innumerable times that forecaster Phil awakened on the morning of February 2nd at 6 am in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (for the annual Groundhog Day festival) to the tune of his clock radio playing Sonny and Cher's I Got You, Babe, and realized that he was in an inescapable time loop ("What the hell?"); he confronted another hotel guest: ("Didn't we do this yesterday?...Don’t mess with me, porkchop! What day is this?")
  • the scenes of his annoyance, boredom, exhilaration, and self-destructive despair over the repetitive day, and his repetitive reaction: "Aw nuts!"
  • his continual awakenings when Connors again and again met up with Ned Ryerson - known as "Needlenose Ned" or "Ned the Head" (Stephen Tobolowsky) on the street - and eventually punched him to the ground
  • his conversation in a local restaurant with attractive customer Nancy Taylor (Marita Geraghty), when he gathered biographical information from her (her name, her high-school, her 12th grade English teacher), and then the next day used the info to get her attention and charm her: "Nancy... Lincoln... Walsh"; he claimed that he was a classmate who asked her to the prom; he was able to make out with her, but kept mistakenly calling her "Rita"
  • the sequence of Phil's many repetitive daily chores (catching a boy falling out of a tree, saving the mayor from choking during dinner, and rescuing a homeless bum during a cold night)
Unsuccessful Suicide Attempts
Driving into a Deep Rock Quarry in a Stolen, Red Pickup Truck
Attempted Electrocution Suicide With 4-Slice Toaster
Stepping into the Street in Front of a Large Moving Truck
A Swan-Dive Jump from a Building
  • his unsuccessful suicides and self-destructive behaviors (driving off a cliff into a deep rock quarry in a stolen pickup truck (while holding absconded Phil the groundhog behind the wheel ("Don't drive angry") and spouting the line as they crashed: "It's showtime, Phil!"), electrocution with a toaster in a bathtub, stepping in front of a moving truck, swan-diving off a building, stuffing his face with food, robbing a bank's cash delivery, etc.) -- and his reawakening at 6:00 AM after each of them
  • his lunch date with his lovely film producer Rita, when he stuffed his mouth with a sandwich, and told her: "I don't even have to floss" - his wooing-seduction of Rita after learning her likes (19th century French poetry and a sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist) and dislikes, to become her ideal man after repeated dates; "I know all about you. You like producing, but you hope for more than Channel 9 in Pittsburgh....You like boats but not the ocean. You go to a lake in the summer with your family up in the mountains. There's a long wooden dock and a boathouse with boards missing from the roof, and a place you used to crawI underneath to be alone. You're a sucker for French poetry and rhinestones. You're very generous. You're kind to strangers and children. And when you stand in the snow you look like an angel" -- she emphatically rejected him when she realized he had rehearsed every part of the date
  • Phil's line: "I'm a God. I'm not the God, I don't think..."; he explained further that he had survived numerous threats to his life: "I didn't just survive a wreck. I wasn't just blown up yesterday. I have been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted, and burned." Waitress Doris (Robin Duke), who was waiting on their table showed extreme consternation. And then he added: "And every morning, I wake up without a scratch on me, without a dent in the fender. I am an immortal.... I want you to beIieve in me." Doris interrupted for their order: "The special today is blueberry waffles....I could come back if you're not ready"; when Rita was unconvinced, he revealed his all-knowing, omniscient ability about all the restaurant's customers and employees (their names, desires, quirks, etc.), and later, he confessed to Rita: "I've killed myself so many times, I don't even exist anymore"
  • after making a beautiful ice sculpture of Rita's face, Phil's reformation and acceptance of his situation and ultimate happiness at the moment, telling her: "I know your face so weII, I couId've done it with my eyes cIosed...No matter what happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I'm happy NOW, because I love you" - they kissed
  • time-stuck weather forecaster Phil's heartfelt, romantic speech to sleeping romantic interest Rita after reading James Joyce's poem "Trees" to her: ("What I wanted to say was, I think you're the kindest, sweetest, prettiest person I've ever met in my life. I've never seen anyone that's nicer to people than you are. The first time I saw you, something happened to me. I never told you, but I knew that I wanted to hold you as hard as I could. I don't deserve someone like you. But if I ever could, I swear I would love you for the rest of my life"); when Rita woke up briefly to ask: "Did you say something?", Phil modestly whispered a response: "Good night, Rita"
  • the moment when Phil lept back into bed with Rita the next morning - after awakening and verifying that it really was a new day - February 3rd - he cried out about his release from his temporal stasis: (he sobbed happily: "Do you know what today is?...Today is tomorrow! It happened!"); she responded to his kisses: "Oh, Phil, why weren't you like this last night? You just fell asleep" - he replied - "It was the end of a very long day! Is there anything I can do for you today?"
  • his final words to Rita in front of the outdoor steps: "It's so beautiful! Let's live here. (They kissed) We'll rent to start"

Phil Connors
(Bill Murray)

The Repetitive Scene of 6:00 am Alarm Clock

Greeting "Needlenose Ned"

In Restaurant with Nancy Taylor

Dating Rita

Phil: "I'm happy now, because I love you"

February 3rd

"It's so beautiful! Let's live here. (They kissed) We'll rent to start"


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