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  :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: Groundhog Day (xhtml)
Groundhog Day will repeat itself over and over and over again, apparently until the end of time, and Phil will be permanently condemned to cover it.
As day follows day, Phil is gradually able to see the error of his ways, and improve his behavior until finally, to her surprise, a Groundhog Day dawns when she finally likes him.
"Groundhog Day" was directed and cowritten by Harold Ramis, Murray's fellow Ghostbuster and a partner from their Second City days.
rogerebert.suntimes.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19930212/REVIEWS/302120302/1023   (453 words)

  Groundhog Day: The Movie
Everything that happened to him the previous day -- the man trying to start a conversation at the top of the stairs; the old high school acquaintance recognizing him on the street, the ritual of groundhog day -- it all happens again.
When he wakes up the next morning, it is the same day as yesterday and the day before, with the same oncoming snowstorm keeping him stuck in town and the same events repeating themselves like a broken record.
But as the days pass endlessly into the same day, this half-empty character finally finds a purpose in life: learning everything he can about his female producer, Rita, played by Andie MacDowell, so he can pretend to be her ideal man and seduce her.
www.transparencynow.com /groundhog.htm   (1691 words)

 Groundhog Day
On Thursday, the opening-night feature at the Gramercy Theater, where the series is being presented, was "Groundhog Day," the 1993 movie starring Bill Murray as a sarcastic television weatherman forced by a twist of fate and magic to relive one day of his life, Feb. 2, over and over.
The next day he awakens in the same bed in the same bed-and-breakfast, to the sound of the same tinny clock radio with Sonny and Cher singing "I Got You Babe" and the babblings of the frighteningly cheerful local D.J., to discover that it is Feb. 2 again.
"Groundhog Day," Dr. Zito said, is a cinematic version of the teachings in Mahayana Buddhism, known as "the greater vehicle." "In Mahayana," she said, "nobody ever imagines they are going to escape samsara until everybody else does.
www2.kenyon.edu /Depts/Religion/Fac/Adler/Misc/GroundhogDay.htm   (1463 words)

 Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day is a traditional festival celebrated in the United States and Canada on February 2.
It is a cross-quarter day, midway between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.
If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.
www.bigdates.com /holidays/groundhogday.asp   (748 words)

 NCDC: Climate-Watch, Groundhog Day Special Report
Groundhog Day has its origins in an ancient celebration of a point mid-way between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.
The film comedy, "Groundhog Day" brought in more than $100 million worldwide, and was the most popular movie in the country for two weeks in 1993.
The film, and groundhog day on February 2nd, are a way to have a little fun at mid-winter but generally climate records and statistics tell us that winter isn't over.
www.ncdc.noaa.gov /oa/climate/extremes/2004/groundhog/groundhog.html   (1049 words)

 Groundhog Day: Special Edition (1993)
Groundhog Day easily could have fallen flat, but the nimble telling of the tale allowed it to prosper.
Groundhog Day appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, dual-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
Groundhog Day featured too limited a soundfield to merit “A” consideration, but nonetheless, I was exceedingly pleased with what I heard.
www.dvdmg.com /groundhogday.shtml   (2545 words)

 Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray on DVD review on AudioRevolution.com
"Groundhog Day" gently eases the watcher into the weirdness and life lesson that is presented throughout Murray’s performance.
While the day progresses day after day for him and he remembers everything that happened the so-called day before, he discovers that he is the only one in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania who knows what is going on.
"Groundhog Day" is a statement about the human condition, and the hope that springs eternal in those who dare to dream.
www.avrev.com /dvd/revs/groundhogday.shtml   (1398 words)

 Touchstone Archives: Phil’s Shadow   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Once we do so, Groundhog Day may be seen for what it is: a stunning allegory of moral, intellectual, and even religious excellence in the face of postmodern decay, a sort of Christian-Aristotelian Pilgrim’s Progress for those lost in the contemporary cosmos.
Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors, an obnoxious weatherman at a Pittsburgh TV station who must cover the celebration of Groundhog Day in rural Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
February 2nd in the liturgical calendar is the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, the feast that commemorates the presentation of her Son in the Temple 40 days after his birth.
www.touchstonemag.com /docs/issues/17.3docs/17-03-012.html   (2236 words)

 Amazon.com: Groundhog Day: Video: Carol Bivins,Ken Hudson Campbell,Brian Doyle-Murray,Rick Ducommun,Robin Duke,Chris ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
All are hilarious, but Groundhog Day (1993) stands out because it touches on themes that matter: love, kindness, selfishness, selflessness; a sense of community and, for the most part, the value of living in the moment, that is, the life long mission of improving self and those around us.
After his first day in Puxatawny, he awakes to a Nietzschean nightmare, the notion of eternal occurrence, where our existence is a circle, repeating the same situations, meeting the same people, experiencing similar events forever until finally, perhaps, the merry-go-round stops and you're allowed to get off.
Groundhog Day is my favourite Murray film because the script, story and direction was created for him and he rose to the occasion, making this film one of the greatest Romantic comedies in the last twenty years.
www.amazon.com /Groundhog-Day-Carol-Bivins/dp/6302820448   (2690 words)

GROUNDHOG DAY gives Murray not only the chance to be incredibly funny, but romantic as well.
This film may have a somewhat corny lesson, but his road to learning it is beyond funny.
You'd swear it was the same piece of film, except that the dialogue changes slightly and the outcome is always different.
crazy4cinema.com /Review/FilmsG/f_groundhog.html   (535 words)

 Groundhog Day
The only real weak point of this film is that there may as well not be a cast in this film besides them, but this is of little consequence when you absorb the amount of character development that was put into their roles.
Okay, the film also shows its age more than it should in the presentation of the audio, but given that this film is primarily driven by dialogue, we can ignore this fact.
The film is presented in five languages, all of them in Dolby Digital 2.0 with surround encoding: the default, and original, soundtrack in English, plus dubs in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
www.michaeldvd.com.au /Reviews/GroundhogDay.asp   (1733 words)

 History of Groundhog Day
Since the 1993 release of the film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray as a TV weatherman (who wakes up and it's Groundhog Day over and over again!) and Andie MacDowell as his puzzled producer, attendance at the real event has expanded.
The Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 1992 were joined by Bill Murray studying for his role in the movie.
The original groundhog cast for the movie was considered to be too small.
www.twilightbridge.com /hobbies/festivals/groundhog_day/movie.htm   (292 words)

 Groundhog Day mistakes, goofs and bloopers
Continuity: When Phil looks out the window on the first Groundhog Day, he sees the right-turning truck outside the window just as the radio people shout "Groundhog Day.", but on the first repeat of the day, the same scene outside the window occurs only after this exclamation is made.
On the forth day and every day thereafter the women in blue is by herself which does not follow the exact day sequences.
Continuity: When Phil has the groundhog in the truck at the quarry and is about to drive over the edge, Rita's hair is disheveled and sticking out all around her head.
www.moviemistakes.com /film571   (878 words)

 Montreal Film Journal
Everything goes wrong, and that day might be the worst of his life.
Ramis uses the goofy idea of a man stuck in the same day forever to explore the matters of life, death and love.
Phil is a complex, three-dimensional character who truly evolves through the film, which gives Murray the chance to show all he's capable of, from sarcasm to charm and heroism.
www.montrealfilmjournal.com /review.asp?r=r0000250   (513 words)

Maybe the finest film yet directed by Harold Ramis (who's been stuck in a high-concept rut since), Groundhog Day turns the titular Americana celebration into an existential abyss for Phil Connors (Murray), a self-centred weatherman for a TV station he considers a pit stop on the way to bigger and better things.
Stranded, due to a blizzard he failed to predict, in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania after covering their annual Groundhog Day ceremony, Phil spurns an invite to the local evening festivities from his pretty producer Rita (Andie MacDowell), opting instead for a lonesome nightcap and early sleep.
Perhaps the keenest development in Groundhog Day sees Phil going on a suicide binge: as most of us, I suspect, would, Phil rejects his immortal status--and this is the seed of his transformation, for he needs to devalue his own life in order to improve it.
www.filmfreakcentral.net /dvdreviews/groundhogday.htm   (590 words)

 Jonah Goldberg on Groundhog Day on National Review Online
The rest of the films were drawn from the ranks of turgid and bleak intellectual cinema, including standards from Ingmar Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.
Indeed, "Groundhog Day" has become shorthand for (translating nicely) "same stuff, different day." Troops in Iraq regularly use it as a rough synonym for "snafu," which (also translated nicely) means "situation normal: all fouled-up." Connors spends an unknown number of days repeating the exact same day over and over again.
Murray wanted the film to be more philosophical (indeed, the film is surely the best sign of his reincarnation as a great actor), but Ramis constantly insisted that the film be funny first and philosophical second.
www.nationalreview.com /flashback/goldberg200602020835.asp   (2197 words)

 The Film Journal...Passionate and informed film criticism from an auteurist perspective.
Indeed, Groundhog Day is no longer simply a day, but a term that is emblematic of a repetitive situation.
Murray's career to that point had been its own Groundhog Day, of sorts, consisting largely of a series of vehicles for the comedian cum actor to engage in his predictable, albeit occasionally enjoyable, comedic shtick.
That it didn't is attributable, in large part, to the fact that the film mined the premise for nearly all of its comedic value while rarely overplaying the gimmicks that accompany it.
www.thefilmjournal.com /issue5/groundhogday.html   (1737 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Groundhog Day [1993]: Video: Bill Murray,Andie MacDowell,Chris Elliott,Harold Ramis   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Because none of the other characters are aware that Groundhog Day is continually repeating itself, Phil goes through a repertoire of responses, from conniving lust for Rita (Andie MacDowell) to gleeful nihilism to a Zen resignation worthy of Buster Keaton.
Overall though, Groundhog Day is a likeable movie, and would leave the viewer with a much greater sense of satisfaction had it - instead of showing the happy couple running hand-in-hand through the freshly fallen snow - used a less trite finale.
As the film progresses you see more and more of the way Harold Ramis has fantasised about having an endless day, and the humour in the film is sublime.
www.amazon.co.uk /Groundhog-Day-Bill-Murray/dp/B00004CNUM   (1585 words)

 EUFS: Groundhog Day
As the same day goes by he tries different approaches to the same situation, until he receives the biggest payoff.
Eight years on, Groundhog Day has become a classic comedy, which is the position it always deserved.
Groundhog Day succeeds on all counts: (i) It's genuinely funny, making the most of the comedic potential of repetition: The situation repeats, we know what's going to happen next, and laugh when it does.
www.eufs.org.uk /films/groundhog_day.html   (489 words)

 Groundhog Day (Ryan Gilbey) | Film International
Over the years, Groundhog Day’s stature has grown even more, so that it has now become “one of the most broadly influential films in modern cinema,” according to Ryan Gilbey, in this splendid addition to the already indispensable volumes of the BFI Modern Classics series.
Going farther than previous scholars, Gilbey identifies an even more impressive range of film and literature to which Groundhog Day may be favorably compared thematically, including the works of Charles Dickens, Italo Calvino, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Nicholson Baker, Samuel Beckett, and James Joyce (though Gilbey omits the fact that Joyce himself was born on 2 February).
Gilbey also praises the film’s cinematography, noting the use of extreme close-ups, the traveling shots, the carefully composed two-shots, the lack of high-angle crane shots, etc. All the more odd, therefore, that the name of John Bailey—the film’s distinguished cinematographer—does not appear until the book’s very last page.
www.filmint.nu /?q=node/16   (616 words)

 Pioneer Theater - February 2007
Winner of the International Critics' Prize at the Toronto Film Festival, DEATH OF A PRESIDENT is conceived as a fictional TV documentary broadcast in 2008, reflecting on a monstrously despicable and cataclysmic event: the assassination of President George W. Bush on October 19th, 2007.
At once epic and intensely personal, the film explores the strange and often humorous ways that people cope with devastating loss, the impatience of the younger generation with their elders’ apparently baffling customs, and the new sexual politics that results from a catastrophic loss of population.
It is her first film as a director and hopefully the last as a subject.
www.twoboots.com /pioneer/monthly_programs/2007-02.htm   (4797 words)

 Groundhog Day 2006, Punxsutawney Phil Facts, History & Trivia
And the rest, as they say, is Groundhog Day history.
This sleepy groundhog may be the most famous weather forecaster in the USA.
Most recently, the film comedy Groundhog Day was a major hit for star Bill Murray, bringing Punxsutawney Phil's popularity to new heights.
www.chiff.com /a/groundhog-day.htm   (334 words)

 THE MOVIE   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Learning Technology and Groundhog Day - Here, an account of learning as a continuous cycle of refining concepts is described, providing a framework for understanding educational need, and indicating where technology might best meet that need.
Groundhog Day The Movie - Breakthrough to the True Self, an essay including the symbolism and significance of Groundhog Day.
Groundhog Day - a review of the movie with annoying MIDI music in the background from the "Science Fiction Down Under" Page.
www.groundhogsday.com /links.themovie.html   (371 words)

 Groundhog Day (1993): Reviews
He carries Groundhog Day with his uniquely frittery nonchalance and makes the movie a comic time warp anyone should be happy to get stuck in.
The funniest moments in Groundhog Day come when Phil takes sneaky advantage of his predicament-by, say, pumping a sexy woman in the local coffee shop for facts about her past and then, ''the next day,'' using the information to lure her into bed.
The film is inconsistent in tone and pace; fortunately the pay-off works, bringing some much needed warmth to the area.
www.metacritic.com /video/titles/groundhogday   (715 words)

 Groundhog Day Links   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Committee for the Commercialization of Groundhog Day - CCGD is dedicated to the commercial exploitation of America's most under-celebrated holiday.
Groundhog Sighting Squads are dispatched to observe and consult with live groundhogs in the woods.
Groundhog Day Pictures, Posters and Information - On February 2, the Groundhog awakens from it's long winter sleep, called hibernation, and comes out of it's home, called a den...
www.groundhogsday.com /links.php?cat_id=1   (1601 words)

 Groundhog Day Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This page is dedicated to information about the Harold Ramis film "Groundhog Day" and the actual day itself in relation to the town of Punxsutawney, home of the nation's oldest groundhog festival.
The movie "Groundhog Day" was based upon the events that occur in Punxsutawney every year on February 2nd.
David Lavery's Groundhog Day Essay is a clever, in-depth analysis of the beloved movie, complete with a Nietzsche quote and a list of works cited.
www.adum.com /hog/groundhog.html   (249 words)

 Groundhog Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
déjà vu), due to the influence of the film Groundhog Day.
Around the fifth century, the European Celts believed that animals had certain "supernatural" powers on special days that were half-way between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox.
The 1993 comedy movie Groundhog Day takes place in Punxsutawney on this day (although the movie was actually filmed in Woodstock, Illinois).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Groundhog_Day   (784 words)

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