The classic comedy “Groundhog Day” plays at the Historic Howell Theater, starting on, appropriately, Groundhog Day.
The 1993 film stars Bill Murray as cynical, grumpy weatherman Phil Connors, who is covering the Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He is accompanied by news producer Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell), and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott). Phil grudgingly gives his report, which he has now done for the fourth consecutive year in a row. He then tries to return to Pittsburgh, hoping to get home quickly, but a blizzard forces him and his team to spend the night in Punxsutawney.
But when Phil wakes up in the morning, he finds himself reliving February 2 all over again. He thinks it is déjà vu at first, but then he finds it is February 2 over and over again. No one notices the time loop except for Phil. He then starts to take advantage of the time loop by getting into trouble by doing offensive reports on the festivities and even kidnapping the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. But no matter what happens, it’s still February 2 every day.
Phil then starts to do better things for himself, and becomes kinder to Rita, whom he is attracted to. Will the changes help him break the time loop and allow him to wake up on February 3?
No one really knows for sure how long Phil is stuck in the time loop. Director Harold Ramis stated in the DVD commentary that he believes 10 years pass.
The film was selected by the National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress in 2006. It is #34 on the American Film Institute’s list AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs.
“Groundhog Day” starts Tuesday, February 2 and runs through Sunday, February 7. Show times and tickets are available here.