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Groundhog Day

Bill Murray plays an obnoxious TV weatherman from Pittsburgh forced to relive the same wintry day in a small Pennsylvania town over and over again until he gets it right, in an unexpectedly graceful and well-organized comedy (1993) directed and cowritten by Harold Ramis. While the movie's underlying message is basically A Christmas Carol strained through It's a Wonderful Life—hardly a recommendation in my book—the filmmakers mercifully spare us the speeches and simply demonstrate their thesis; as they do they reveal their true virtue: a fluid sense of narrative that works the story's theme-and-variations idea with a glancing and gliding touch. Considering that none of the characters is fresh or interesting, it's a commendable achievement that the quality of the storytelling alone keeps the movie watchable and likable. With Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott.

Credits

Director:

  • Harold Ramis

Cast:

  • Bill Murray
  • Andie MacDowell
  • Chris Elliott
  • Stephen Tobolowsky
  • Brian Doyle Murray
  • Marita Geraghty
  • Angela Paton
  • Rick Ducommun
  • Rick Overton
  • Robin Duke
  • Carol Bivins
  • Ken Hudson Campbell
  • Peggy Roder
  • Harold Ramis
  • David Pasquesi

Producers:

  • Trevor Albert
  • C.O. Erickson
  • Harold Ramis
  • Whitney White

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