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With: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Brian Doyle-Murray, Rick Ducommun, Robin Duke, Mason Gamble, Willie Garson, Rick Overton, David Pasquesi, Harold Ramis, Michael Shannon, Stephen Tobolowsky
Written by: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis
Directed by: Harold Ramis
MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic elements
Running Time: 101
Date: 12/02/1993

Groundhog Day (1993)

4 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In honor of Saturday being February 2, the great American comedy Groundhog Day has been re-released in a new Special Edition DVD. Bill Murray stars as a weatherman who lives the same day over and over, trapped in a wintry small town called Punxsutawney on Groundhog Day. Eventually, he begins to use his time to win over his pretty producer, Rita (Andie MacDowell), which is not easy since, to her, it all happens in one day. Chris Elliott co-stars as an intrepid cameraman, who must repeat most of his dialogue again and again, and Stephen Tobolowsky is an annoying insurance salesman. Murray's older brother Brian Doyle-Murray also appears.

Written by Danny Rubin and directed by Harold Ramis, the film explores every possible reaction to this situation, from euphoria to depression to suicide to self-reflection. Nearly every world religion from Buddhism to Catholicism has embraced the film as a perfect representation of its own ideals. Of course owning the film on DVD and watching it again and again comes fraught with its own ironies. Happy Groundhog Day!

DVD Details: Columbia/TriStar's new DVD comes with a director commentary track, a making-of documentary, and seven subtitle options including Portuguese and Thai.

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