Groundhog Day

Rated PG 103 minutes 1993

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.

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Director: Harold Ramis

Producer: Trevor Albert, C.O. Erickson, Harold Ramis and Whitney White

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 and David Pasquesi

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