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Here's the original 1993 theatrical trailer for Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day (1993) is a great movie. I
laugh out loud every time I see it - which has
been quite a few times now! I think it's a very
funny, yet touching, film, loaded with meaning.
Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray, who is on
top form in this rom-com) is a weatherman,
who is sent on an annual trip to Punxsutawney
in Pennsylvania, USA, to report on the
traditional winter holiday of Groundhog Day. He
hates it! He's also accompanied by a
cameraman, and his new producer, beautiful
Rita (Andie MacDowell). Due to a blizzard, they
then have to stay an extra night in Punx.
From the moment Phil gets up at 6.00 AM the
following morning, he realises that everything is
very familiar - till he finally realises that it's still
Groundhog Day! Somehow he's stuck in a time
warp, and he has to re-live the same day over
and over again - a day he detests!
In the midst of much humour, there are also some very poignant scenes. Phil finally reaches a point
where he virtually goes insane and tries to commit suicide - many times, as not even death can stop him
waking up at 6.00 AM on Groundhog Day! He eventually tries to convince Rita of his predicament, by
showing her his knowledge of every detail of that day.
At this point he begins to change for the better. He makes use of the day by reading, learning the piano,
helping people, and even saving people from accidents. He becomes loving, kind, generous, sensitive,
creative & productive - and generally more likeable! And when Rita takes an interest in him, his 'errands'
take priority! But eventually his dreams come true, bringing freedom - and he gets the girl!
For me, the movie paints a very clear picture of the contrasts between the lusts of the flesh and the
fruit of the Spirit. The flesh - in sin, self & rebellion - leads to darkness, despair and death, yet the Spirit
leads to love, life and freedom - and real lasting happiness and joy!
There is so much in this film that could be highlighted, but a few quotes below will suffice. I have to
admit that there are many things here that I can relate to, more than I could say - in both the darkness
and the light. And due to the love of God and the transforming power of Christ, who brings purpose,
healing and hope, I can laugh at it all now!
It's fascinating to watch the change he goes through
as the same days roll by. He starts out as a selfish,
arrogant, egotistical, bitter, sarcastic man. All he's
focused on is himself and what he wants. Once he
has got used to being stuck in the same day, he
increasingly becomes reckless, lawless, heartless,
manipulative and self-indulgent! He truly lives out the
saying 'eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die!'
One of my favourite scenes is where Phil begins to
lose it and to not care what he does anymore when
he realises that there aren't any consequences
because the same day will start all over again in the
morning! He takes over the driving duties in a car
belonging to two drunk 'drinking buddies' and begins
driving recklessly and erratically, knocking things over
- and even playing chicken with a freight train. With
the police giving chase, he eventually crashes and
comes to a stop. When a policemen approaches the
car, he looks out the window and casually says,
"Yeah...uh...three cheeseburgers, two large
fries...uh...two chocolate shakes & one large coke..."
and one of the drunks adds "and some flapjacks."
Brilliant! I crack up laughing every time I see
this...and even when I think about it! There's nothing
like a bit of off-the-wall insanity once in a while!
He also meets many interesting characters over time
- check out Ned Ryarson, the insurance salesman,
Bing! - and he has to deal with them every day in
virtually the same situations.
He eventually goes after Rita, manipulating and
deceiving her, as he's only after one thing! But time
and again he fails. This leads him to a place of
complete despair. He becomes increasingly depressed
and hopeless, without any purpose for living.
Phil on the phone: "What if there's no tomorrow?
There wasn't one today!"
The movie ends with a cool song by Nat King Cole,
Almost Like Being In Love. Great song, great lyrics!
You can listen to it on the Jukebox player.
In a bar talking to two men. After Phil recounts a
wonderful day he once had:
Phil: "That was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get
that day over and over and over...What would you do if
you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly
the same, and nothing that you did mattered?"
Man: "That sums it up for me!"
Other man, later in the car: "If there's no tomorrow,
there would be no consequences. We could do whatever
In the Café with Rita. After thinking he's an
immortal god, he shows Rita his knowledge
Rita: "Is this some kind of trick?"
Phil: "Well maybe the real God uses tricks.
Maybe He's not omnipotent, He's just been
around so long, He knows everything!"