Groundhog Day Movie, Cast, Meaning, Quotes, Reviews
The film by the name ‘Groundhog Day’ got into the market in the year 1993 with its main character being as Phil Connors (Bill Murray). From the first scenes of the play, we cleary identify that Phil is an arrogant and a self-centred man.
Phil is featured in this play as a television weatherman who attends an annual event called ‘Groundhog Day’. A groundhog is a rat used to predict the weather in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Phil suffers from depression after realizing that he can’t escape covering Groundhog day which he terms as a waste of his talent, depression pushes Phil to the extent of even trying to commit suicide to end the disturbing memory in his mind, unfortunately, the plan does not work out. Later he starts helping those people who are around him and to his surprise, the bad memory disappears from him.
Other major characters to be discussed are the town and a lady by the name Rita who is Phil Connors Producer. Rita is all over about the ‘Groundhog Day’, and she feels that the event would be marvellous and very enlightening. Rita waits for the event eagerly, and she greatly hopes that the interaction between him and the people of Punxsutawney city would be a lot of fun.
On the other hand, our main character Phil Connors see the event as just a waste of time, and he feels that he is too talented to host such an event. He greatly undermines the event claiming that it would affect his future career, he is worried about how people would take him if they saw him in future interviewing a Groundhog. Phil cannot comprehend how a rat can predict the weather.
In one of his conversations and I quote,” someone will see me interrogating a groundhog and directly judge me that I don’t have a future”. All these scenarios describe how Phil is self-centred and he feels that he is special than even his workmates. One should learn to place the needs of others just like they were his (Cranny, Eugine F, 1992). The film is about compassion, change, giving, identity, and how we live with other people. In a nutshell, the film is just a comedy of a jerk learning how to become a good person.
With the above conditions at work, Phil Connors shifts his soul from cynism to compassion. In the play, we see him waking up and realizing that he has to embrace true spirituality. Some critics argue that the process of transformation of the weatherman follows the route followed by Lawrence Kohlberg stages of moral growth. At one scenario, we are left wondering whether Rita is right when she describes Phil as an egocentric man with other attitudes that make him a disagreeable person in Christianity. Being egocentric is a character that should be significantly shunned in Christianity. When a person realizes that he or she is egocentric, he should work day and night to drop the virtue as Christians are always there for one another. The aspect of putting yourself in the shoes of other people is highly embraced in Christianity, but you find egocentric people such as Phil just valuing themselves more than anyone in the film. He goes to the extent of even demanding a better motel to put up his night as he feels that he ought to be treated better than his counterparts. We should always appreciate the presence of other people in our lives and love them just as much as we love ourselves. In the film, it is crystal clear that Phil is tired of his current life because at one time he asks two drinking companions what they would if they were trapped in days that looked the same and nothing made sense in your life. This in itself is an indicator of a person who wants to change and move from his secular life to Christianity where he believes that there are brighter and different days. In Christianity, we are always encouraged that when things do not work our way, we should pray and engage in constructive activities, drinking or commuting suicide is not the solution to our problems and our life challenges. Challenges do not mean that that is the end of life. Instead, we should pray and work hard. In the film, there are Christianity aspects that we learn about, Phil tries to spark a relationship between him and Rita, in real life relationships act as a mirror of the inner parts of ourselves that we have always not revealed to the world. It is in relationships that some people reveal what they have always denied about their personality, some accept their negative feelings and learn how to suppress them so that they can maintain their peaceful coexistence. In the play, Phil has to change to win Rita’s heart, this act in itself shows that Phil undergoes a transformation of from what he thought was right to what is generally accepted(Ramis, Harold, et al., 1993). In Christianity, people are taught values that make a person admirable in the society and a person who everyone would like to have a life together. Religion is there to shape people and show them the right way of life.
Another Christianity aspect revealed in the play is that, if you want to change the world, change it yourself. In the film, Rita regrets that if she had a thousand lifetimes, this shows that Rita is appreciating the fact that she has managed to pull Phil from being a cynic to being a compassionate man. Christians are always advised not to look down after other people, in this film, we find Phil referring people of Punxsutawney city as Morons, this in itself is the use of an abusive language which Christians should not do. As a Christian, one should not look down at others; it is a trait that should not be found in any Christian, therefore, in this situation, Phil act like an example to what Christians should not do. We learn that we should not use abusive language because it hurts and shows that you are a person who does not appreciate other peoples’ presence in the world.
Little acts of kindness are always crucial in the life of a Christian; we should not forget the advice of Teilhard de Chardin that the source of value and interest in life is not based on doing remarkable things to others, but the simple things that we do others are what matters. As a Christian, we should always extend a hand for kindness. In this film, the concept of compassion is exposed when he decides to purchase an insurance policy even if he still finds the guy annoying. We see a situation where Ned narrates to Rita how Phil came and bought him an insurance policy against; fire, theft, auto, and dental, health and water damage. Ned does this as a way of revealing how he is happy with the kindness. Though Phil does not understand Ned’s life, we know that being kind can make other people feel great and appreciate living on the planet. The other lesson that Christians learn from that incidence of Phil extending his hand for kindness is that we should learn to accept others the way they are and learn to live them in the best way possible. The film also shows Christians that they should always be nice because it is not in many cases where good people are treated oppositely. On the same line, we learn that being selfish all the time becomes boring and it’s not the best way to live. The act of giving away shows that we should reciprocate our feelings to other people, we all know that we feel good when we are looked upon by others, it shows that our presence on earth is appreciated. Phil tries to act in a sarcastic way towards Mrs Lancaster but because the lady has always been friendly, she doesn’t understand the sarcasm of Phil and as soon as Phil realizes that, he quickly switches and treats her the way she deserves regardless of her education level. In this scenario, Christians learn that by just being nice, there is always a reward no matter the situation (Ramis, Harold, et al., 1993). The other spiritual lesson that people can learn is that it is not possible to change every situation that we come across in life, we see Phil trying to save an old man from a burning house but it all turns fruitless, and Phil learns that the man was destined to die there. In real life, there things that we cannot control or manage and they should not become a block in our lives. We should accept and move on as usual.
In conclusion, sometimes our perception towards things may not be the best. Life gives us chances that teach us lessons that what we know is not what the world needs, exposure to this life situations make us change from who we were to completely new individuals. At the start of the film, we started with Phil as a very arrogant character, but at the end of the play, he is a different person. With the right company at your disposal, one can shift from worse to being a good person, the main goal of Christianity is to transform people by making them drop some undesirable values such as selfishness, undermining others, arrogance and other practices that do not make a person morally upright. Christians are different from other people because they practice some values such as kindness, caring and having a belief that there will be a better tomorrow. The film is about compassion, change, giving, identity, and how we live with other people. In a nutshell, the film is just a comedy of a jerk learning how to become a good person.
Groundhog Day Cast
- Bill Murray as Phil Connors
- Andie MacDowell as Rita Hanson
- Chris Elliott as Larry the cameraman
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned Ryerson
- Brian Doyle-Murray as Buster Green
- Angela Paton as Mrs. Lancaster
- Rick Ducommun as Gus
- Rick Overton as Ralph
- Robin Duke as Doris the waitress
- Marita Geraghty as Nancy Taylor
- Harold Ramis as Neurologist
- Richard Henzel as D.J. #1
- Rob Riley as D.J. #2
- David Pasquesi as Psychiatrist
- Hynden Walch as Debbie the bride
- Michael Shannon as Fred the groom
Groundhog Day Trailer
Groundhog Day Quotes
- This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.
- Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today
- Whew! Watch out for that first step. It’s a doozy!
- Well maybe the real God uses tricks, you know? Maybe he’s not omnipotent. He’s just been around so long he knows everything.
- There is no way that this winter is ever going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped. And I have to stop him.
- OK, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties cause it’s cold out there. It’s cold out there every day.
- his is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What a hype. Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You’re hypocrites, all of you!
- Sometimes I wish I had a thousand lifetimes. I don’t know, Phil. Maybe it’s not a curse. Just depends on how you look at it.
- Phil? Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you!…Now, don’t you tell me you don’t remember me because I sure as heckfire remember you.
- You want a prediction about the weather? You’re asking the wrong Phil. I’m going to give you a prediction about this winter? It’s going to be cold, it’s going to be dark and it’s going to last you for the rest of your lives!
- Ned Ryerson! ‘Needlenose Ned’? ‘Ned the Head’? Come on, buddy, Case Western High! Ned Ryerson! I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson! Got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn’t graduate? Bing again! Ned Ryerson! I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple of times until you told me not to anymore? Well?
- I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over?
- Come on, all the long distance lines are down? What about the satellite? Is it snowing in space? Don’t you have some kind of a line that you keep open for emergencies or for celebrities? I’m both. I’m a celebrity in an emergency.