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-->''Then put your little hand in mine...''

A well-loved 1993 film that [[TropeCodifier massively popularized]] the [[GroundhogDayLoop time loop]] trope. With Creator/BillMurray at his deadpan best and a much lauded script, the film is considered a modern classic.

Phil Connors (Murray), an arrogant and smarmy weatherman for a local TV news station in UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, his new producer Rita (Andie [=MacDowell=]), and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) go to [[EverytownAmerica Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania]] to film the annual Groundhog Day festival. Phil loathes the annual celebration and is surly throughout the proceedings, wanting nothing more than to pack up and go home. That proves impossible when a sudden blizzard arrives and closes the roads, forcing Phil and the crew to stay the night.

He wakes up the next morning to find it's still Groundhog Day. Everyone goes on ''exactly'' as they did the previous day, with only him aware of it. Surprised, he goes through the motions, still gets stuck in Punxsutawney, and wakes up the next morning to find it's still Groundhog Day, again. And ''again''. And '''''again''''', with no tomorrow in sight …

The movie proceeds to follow Phil as he tries to both adjust to and escape from his bizarre dilemma, with the comedy and drama drawn from the various ways he reacts to it. From irresponsible, self-centered hedonism (after all, if tomorrow never comes, there are no consequences) to [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] [[DespairEventHorizon despair]] (if tomorrow never comes, there's no point to going on) to an insane amount of time-eating hobbies (if tomorrow never comes, you might as well try everything), no matter what he does Phil's efforts seem doomed to leave him forever trapped in his own personal Groundhog Day—but with help from the kindhearted Rita and his own unexpected potential for [[CharacterDevelopment self-growth and redemption]], the possibility arises that tomorrow will come for Phil after all.

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!!''Groundhog Day'' provides examples of:
* AllTherapistsAreMuggles: The psychiatrist Phil visits disbelieves his story and then offers to schedule another appointment for ''tomorrow''.
* AntiHero: Phil, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold before the character development]].
* ApocalypseAnarchy: While it doesn't happen for the world, Phil [[DiscussedTrope discusses with a couple of guys]] what they would do if there was no tomorrow. Their enthusiastic answer is that they could do whatever they wanted, now with no consequences. Inspired by this, Phil decides he's going to live his GroundhogDayLoop in the most outlandish way possible.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: There's an entire ''montage'' of these, while Phil tries to refine his technique on Rita, only to get shot down every time.
** EnforcedMethodActing: As usual with Bill Murray, every slap is real.
* ArtisticLicenseCars: When Phil drives the truck off the cliff to kill him and the groundhog, it doesn't have a driveline. [[EveryCarIsAPinto Then it explodes]].
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Western Pennsylvania does not experience sunrise on February 2nd until around 7:00 A.M. In the film, it's already broad daylight by 6:00 A.M. [[TropesAreTools This is an understandable trope to invoke]] because it saves the crew from having to repeatedly catch and film through twilight, which is a tall order because it's so short and moves around in time due to cloudy conditions.
* ArtisticLicenseMusic: At the end of the film, shots of the swing band show an upright plucked bass, but the soundtrack has an electric bass.
* AsHimself: Scooter, as The Groundhog.
* AscendedExtra: A rare in-universe example. Many of the characters seen in the Punxsutawney crowd scene and the diner become major characters in Phil's life as he's forced to become intimately familiar with the town, especially Nancy, Gus, Ralph and even his piano teacher.
* BachelorAuction: Occurs at the groundhog party.
* BigEater: Phil's discovered the greatest diet plan ever
** And he doesn't think twice about smoking in the diner, either. Of course, Rita worries about his potential to contract "cholesterol, lung cancer, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking love handles]]," but he can ''afford'' to disregard her advice.
* BlackComedy: The entire montage of Phil committing suicide over and over again, full stop. It's easy to feel sorry for him, but the movie still plays up the comedy of the suicides.
* BlahBlahBlah: Phil invokes this during one of his cycles. "Once again the eyes of the nation have turned here to this … ''(silly voice)'' tiny village in Western Pennsylvania, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah …"
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Phil tries in vain to call Pittsburgh for assistance when he gets stuck in the blizzard: "Don't you have some kind of a line that you keep open for emergencies, or celebrities? I'm both! I'm a celebrity in an emergency!"
* BrokenRecord: [[Music/{{Cher}} "I've Got You Babe"]]. The same could be said (and worse) for the "Pennsylvania Polka".
** If you think about it, the time loop itself is a temporal version of this.
* BuffySpeak: "Big blizzard thing."
* BungledSuicide: Several of these, all committed by Phil after he decides there's NothingLeftToDoButDie. Even though each one ''does'' result in his death, they all count as bungled by virtue of the fact that they all fail to kill him for good and Phil always wakes up at 6 AM of Groundhog Day all over again the morning afterwards.
-->'''Phil:''' ''(waking up after his first suicide)'' ... Aw, ''nuts''...
* ButtMonkey: Both Larry and Phil, with each other.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is represented by Woodstock, Illinois. The hotel across from the square [[spoiler:where Phil jumps to his death from the tower]]? That would be the Woodstock Opera House.
** And once you've figured that out, you'll have no difficulty in guessing that the city road that gets closed off, forcing them to turn around is actually in Chicago (Waukegan, to be exact) and not Pittsburgh.
* CasanovaWannabe: Larry the cameraman.
* CharacterDevelopment: Phil goes from a grade-A {{Jerkass}} to a genuine NiceGuy over the course of the movie's running time—and it's believable. Of course, "running time" definitely doesn't equal "real time" in this case.
** Let's be honest, though: this is, in short, CharacterDevelopment: TheMovie.
* ChekhovsGag: To the question "Will you be checking out today, Mr. Connors?"
--> '''Phil (Day one):''' Chance of departure today: one hundred percent.
--> '''Phil (Day two):''' Chance of departure today … Eighty percent … seventy-five to eighty?
--> '''Phil (Day ????):''' Phyllis, will you keep my room? I'm gonna stay another day.
* ClockKing: Phil initially uses this power for evil (i.e. stealing money from an armored car). He later uses it for more benevolent purposes, becoming a sort of guardian angel to everybody.
* ClosedCircle: The very premise is an extreme temporal-based example of this trope, but the blizzard blocking the road to Pittsburgh (and hence forcing Phil to stay in Punxsutawney) acts as a more conventional spatial one also.
* ComedicSociopathy: Phil eventually realizes that the time loop he's in allows him to live without consequences or guilt. He uses his situation to steal money from an armored car and weasel his way into sex with an attractive local woman. He tries to use it to weasel his way into sex with Rita, but he fails, and this spurs his CharacterDevelopment.
** See DarkerAndEdgier below, however, as the worst Phil ever does is deck Ned.
** And kill Punxsutawney Phil in his first suicide attempt (you can even hear its dying scream as the car goes up in the flames).
* ConvenientSlowDance: Although by that point, Phil is GenreSavvy enough to have deliberately arranged it.
** And the best part of this? He wasn't even really "arranging" it, and certainly not in any attempt to take advantage of Rita. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The dance and all that follows is his "reward" for being able to earn genuine admiration and love from both Rita and the citizens of Punxsutawney under no selfish pretenses.]]
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Averted: Phil attempts CPR in an alley as a last-ditch effort to save the homeless old man. No matter what he does, though (including this), the man still dies. Every time. It looks like exhausting and distressing work.
* CreatorCameo: Creator/HaroldRamis plays a doctor. He makes a very good doctor, since most people associate him with [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Dr. Egon Spengler.]] (He later cameoed as a doctor again in ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets''.)
* CursedWithAwesome or BlessedWithSuck, depending on how Phil makes use of his predicament.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Averted. According to WordOfGod, they avoided having Phil go down the ''really'' dark path, in which he could be utterly cruel to people and even kill them without any consequences.
* DeadpanSnarker: Phil, ''par excellence''.
-->'''Phil:''' Well what if there ''is'' no tomorrow? [{{Beat}}] There wasn't one ''today''!
** Larry gets his shots in, too.
--->'''Larry:''' I don't know, Phil. Maybe it's the blizzard we're ''not'' supposed to get.
** Rita shows this off on occasion, especially ''her'' way of getting rid of Ned.
* DeathAsComedy: Albeit more bittersweetly than usual due to Phil's anguish; see Despair Event Horizon below.
* DeathMontage
* DespairEventHorizon: Phil is eventually driven to the depths of suicidal despair by the endless repetition of February 2. Then, he's driven into even further depths of suicidal despair by the fact that suicide ''doesn't work''. Interestingly, it's when he's at his lowest that he eventually hits on simply telling Rita the truth of what's happening to him…and things begin to improve from that point on.
* DoubleStandard: Happens in the same scene as the ConvenientSlowDance entry. After the couple gets the tickets from Phil, the woman kisses him on the lips. The man then kisses Rita on the cheek, provoking an angry glare from the woman.
* DrivenToSuicide: Several times. It doesn't take.
-->'''Phil:''' ''(sadly)'' I've killed myself so many times, I don't even ''exist'' anymore.
* DumbassDJ: Say it with us now:
-->"OK, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today!"
-->"It's cold out there ''every'' day! What is this, UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} Beach?!"
** And:
-->"The National Weather Service is calling for a [[{{Buffyspeak}} big blizzard thing]]."
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: When Phil turns completely into a nice guy, he is finally able to wake up to a brand new day.]]
* ElectrifiedBathtub: One of Phil's suicide attempts involves him filling a tub with water, putting toast in a toaster, and then dropping the activated toaster in the tub.
* EndlessWinter: It's always February 2.
* EpiphanicPrison: The time loop can be thought of as this.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Parodied. When Phil's stolen truck (with him in it) falls off a cliff, Larry suggests unconvincingly that he could still be alive. The truck then immediately explodes.
* EverythingButTheGirl: Closer to "Everything ''Before'' The Girl," but it counts.
* EyeTake: Used to full effect by Bill Murray.
* FacePalm: Of the "covering my face with a pillow and punching it" variety.
-->'''Phil:''' So, what do I do?
-->'''Pyschiatrist:''' I think we should meet again. How does tomorrow for you?
-->''(Phil covers head with pillow and punches it.)''
-->'''Psychiatrist:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Is that not good?]]
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Phil is never going to be able to save the old homeless man. His realizing this is a key part of his decision to use the time loop for good.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Being stuck reliving the same day over and over for ''years'' would not be fun for anyone.
* FlippingTheBird: Phil has an unusual way of doing a countdown with fingers…
* {{Foil}}: Ned Ryerson, provoking the same reactions from Phil that Phil causes in others.
* ForeignRemake: Italian director Giulio Manfredonia [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374358/ remade the film]] in 2004 using Italian and Spanish actors. The plot is extremely similar (the two major differences being that it happens in the Canary islands and that the protagonist has to film storks) and has many scenes that follow the original exactly, but there are some notable differences, some of which make the Italian version less politically correct.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A very clever one. Before Phil even enters the time loop, he complains about having to do the Groundhog Day Festival every year. During the first ceremony, Phil describes everything that's going to happen before it does.
-->They do the same old shtick every year. Guy comes out with a big stick and raps on the door. They pull the little rat out. They talk to him. The rat talks back. And then they tell us what's going to happen.
** Sound familiar? He begins doing that later in the film, especially with the armored car heist.
** At the beginning of the movie, Phil's co-anchor mentions a story about sex and violence in movies. [[spoiler:Both appear later on]].
** FiveSecondForeshadowing: A perceptive viewer's first clue [[spoiler:that Phil escaped the GroundhogDayLoop is that the radio is playing a different part of "I Got You Babe" when it turns on the final time]].
* FrenchMaid: One of the women that Phil seduces is dressed like that because she thinks she's going to a costume party.
* [[spoiler:GoodSamaritan: Eventually becomes one near the end of the film, once he becomes resigned to the loop. He starts doing good deeds, doing them over and over, and adding new ones as he finds new opportunities each day. He saves a boy from falling, saves a man in a restaurant from choking, he buys enough insurance from Phil to help Phil meet his quota (which becomes even more amazing when you realize that this is February 2nd), and so on. Eventually, the whole town loves him, but even this alone can't break the cycle. Only when he becomes such a nice guy that Rita truly falls in love with him does tomorrow come.]]
* GluttonousPig: One of Phil's stages. Done gloriously by Bill Murray.
* AGodAmI:
--> '''Rita:''' You're God?
--> '''Phil:''' I'm ''a'' god. I'm not ''the'' God. …[[OnSecondThought I don't think]].
** Earlier in the film, though, Phil has such an inflated ego, he denies there's a blizzard because ''he makes the weather''.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Ned: "Don't you tell me you don't remember me, because I sure as heck-fire remember you!"
* GroundhogDayLoop: {{Trope Namer|s}}, and the basic premise of the film--Phil keeps looping back to Feb. 2. (This film also indirectly named the trope GroundhogPeggySue).
* HappilyFailedSuicide: Phil, eventually.
* TheHedonist: Phil becomes this in some of the early cycles. When he realizes that no tomorrow means no consequence, he takes the opportunity to indulge in unhealthy food, wild behavior, and bedding various women through save-scumming.
* HeelFaceTurn: Even if it did take ''[[WordOfGod ten years]]'' from his perspective.
* HeroicBSOD: While on camera:
-->'''Phil:''' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. (raising his voice) What a hype. Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to]] ''[[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech eat]]'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech it. (turns to the crowd) You're hypocrites, all of you!]]
** [[FromBadToWorse A few loops later …]]
-->'''Phil:''' Once again the eyes of the nation have turned here to this … (silly voice) tiny village in Western Pennsylvania, [[BlahBlahBlah blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…]] (serious) 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 gotta be stopped. (beat) [[OhCrap And I have to stop him]].
* HighConcept: Man is forced to relive one day over and over. A simple concept that allows for so many scenarios.
* HopeSpot: Invoked by Larry after the results of Phil's initial HeroicBSOD.
-->'''Larry:''' He ''might'' be OK.
-->'''*[[StuffBlowingUp Phil's truck promptly explodes.]]*'''
-->'''Larry:''' …Well, no, probably not now.
** The day in which Phil tells Rita about the time loop and ''convinces'' her it's real makes you think it'll be the final loop. When he wakes up afterward, the audience is more disappointed than Phil that the ResetButton has hit ''again''.
* HugAndComment: The HoYay moment mentioned above.
* IgnoredConfession: During the loop where Phil demonstrates his intimate knowledge of Punxsutawney's residents to Rita and she stays in his room with him, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming he confesses his love for her and kisses her on the cheek]], but she doesn't hear any of it due to drifting off towards sleep. His awakening the next day marks his decision to use the loop to better himself.
** Although the real thing that makes him use the loop for good and not bad is the realization that, even if he will never be able to save the homeless man, he could still help others
* ImThinkingItOver:
-->'''Cop''': Now you can either go back to Punxsutawney, or you can go ahead and freeze to death. It's your choice. So what's it gonna be?\\
({{beat}})\\
'''Phil''': I'm thinking…
* InMediasRes: The original script had Phil already in the time loop, without the audience being told he's in one til it becomes odd that Phil knows exactly what's going to happen.
* IncessantMusicMadness: THEN PUT YOUR LIL' HAND IN MINE… ♫
* {{Inherently Funny Word|s}}: Gobbler's Knob, site of the groundhog ceremony. It's a real place in Punxsutawney, PA, too. It just doesn't look like it does in the movie because it wasn't filmed in the real Punxsutawney. Punxsutawney…heck, that's a funny word, too!
-->'''Rita:''' ''(on the perfect man)'' He'll change poopy diapers.
-->'''Phil:''' Does he have to use the word "poopy"?
* InstantExpert: Not to the audience, since Phil puts plenty of hours in, but he certainly appears this way to other characters.
--> '''Piano Teacher:''' And you've ''never'' played before?
--> '''Phil:''' Not before today.
* IronicEcho: The DJ chatter, twice by Phil. The first time, he repeats it joyously when he escapes jail via the loop, the second time, a DarkReprise when he's reached his DespairEventHorizon and about [[DrivenToSuicide to kill himself]].
* IsItSomethingYouEat:
--> '''Phil: (to the breakfast lady)''' Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
--> '''Mrs. Lancaster:''' I don't think so, but I could check with the kitchen.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Phil has this in spades at the beginning.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Meta example. In his 1993 review of ''Groundhog Day'', ''UsefulNotes/{{Washington|DC}} Post'' film critic Desson Howe recommended the movie but tempered his praise by stating that it would "never be designated a national film treasure by the Library of Congress"; in 2006 the movie was designated a national film treasure by the Library of Congress.
* JeopardyIntelligenceTest: Played with. After a few days, the other guests at the B&B start to think Phil's a genius because he answers every question on that day's edition of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' correctly, but of course the only reason he knows all the answers is that he's seen this particular episode [[GroundhogDayLoop over and over again]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Phil most obviously, Ned somewhat less intentionally. It's also made pretty clear that Larry's a bit of a jerk as well. Phil later evolves into a [[JerkWithaHeartofGold pretty nice guy]] thanks to his CharacterDevelopment.
** Creator/RogerEbert mentioned in his Great Movies retrospective of the film that it is Murray's deadpan-Jerkassery that is vital to the film, in that if a lesser actor went LargeHam with it, the film would not have worked.
* KarmaHoudini: At least initially; Phil exploits the time loop to do whatever he wants to whomever he wants whenever he wants and avoid the consequences, and ends up repeatedly robbing, seducing, attacking, cheating and manipulating the townsfolk seemingly without punishment. Over the course of the movie, however, it becomes pretty clear that the time loop ''is'' his punishment, not only for his actions in the movie but for his whole Jerkass nature before the day began. (And since every bad thing he does is undone at the end of every day, it hardly matters in the end.) A deleted idea that the loop was the result of a curse from a jilted ex-lover underscores this point.
* KickTheDog: Phil towards the beginning of the movie.
** Larry, too. At first, he just comes off as a guy who won't put up with Phil's crap, but the scene where he steals back his tip money is supposed to be an indicator that he's not a very nice person (if you missed it, then his later comeuppance seems to come literally out of nowhere).
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: During one of Phil's latter time loops, Mozart's ''Piano Sonata In C'' plays. Turns out it's a little girl playing it for her piano teacher (before she's kicked out when Phil lays $1000 down for a single piano lesson.)
* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: How Phil gets out of the time loop.]]
* MagicRealism
* ManipulativeBastard: Phil becomes one when initially trying to seduce Rita (see SaveScumming).
* MeaningfulName: Phil having the same name as the groundhog. It could be construed that Phil is in the time loop til he can no longer see ''his'' own "shadow" as well.
* MenDontCry: After Rita says that the perfect man for her wouldn't be afraid of crying, Phil responds with, "This is a ''man'' we're talking about, right?" And he ''himself'' [[SubvertedTrope subverts this belief]] later when he finally [[ManlyTears learns how precious life is]] through his futile attempts to save a homeless old man from dying of old age.
** He also cries on the morn of February 3rd - ''after'' 6AM.
* MentalTimeTravel: One of the possible explanations for [[GroundhogDayLoop the time loop]].
* MistakenForGay: Phil pulls one on Ned one day just to scare him off.
* MistakenForQuake: The old ladies with the flat tire think there's one when Phil jacks their car.
* {{Montage}}: Used effectively a couple of times.
* MoodWhiplash: Phil's protracted series of suicides and the montage in which he tries to save the old man are a little bit jarring.
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Yes, his name is Phil. Like the groundhog that [[TruthInTelevision actually lives in Punxsutawney]].
* NiceGuy: What Phil finally becomes when he grows to love ''all'' of humanity, Rita included.
* NoEndorHolocaust: The movie glosses over two things.
** 1: The immense psychological strain that would be placed on Phil getting used to surprises again after living a few lifetimes worth of the same day.
*** Harold Ramis stated that Phil lived the equivalent of ''10,000 years''. So, whatever psychological state Phil was in, he passed it. Maybe he committed suicide for a few hundred years? Towards the end of the DVD commentary, Ramis suggests that, based on how well Phil can play the piano now, he was probably learning for ten years. The time frame is open to interpretation.
*** It takes a good five years, minimum, to learn a language to fluency. He must have spent months in the library to be able to speak French THAT well.
*** Actually his first French quote comes from a song, mentioned in the ending credits, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqo3GEHa3Wc La Bourrée du Célibataire]]", from Music/JacquesBrel. He says : "La fille que j'aimera Sera comme bon vin Qui se bonifiera Un peu chaque matin" [[note]]Could be translated: "The girl I'll love / Will be like a good wine / Getting better / Slightly every morning"[[/note]]. It would not take more than a few minutes of rehearsing to say it the way Phil does, and he mispronounced "que". He also says "Baudelaire ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Baudelaire Other Wiki]]), c'est fantastique".
*** It is implied in a later scene that he learned both Spanish and Italian, so that's another 10 years right there.
** 2: Given the suggested timespan there must have been days when he did incredibly cruel things to relieve his frustration, but those days aren't shown.
*** Ramis and his co-writer Danny Rubin have said they deliberately avoided one of the logical extremes that Phil could have done: create despair and ''kill people'' with no consequence. They decided to avoid the sadistic possibilities of the time loop. Presumably, the fact that even at his worst Phil has enough of a moral compass to avoid murder and overt sadism is one of the things that helps him on the road to redemption.
* NothingLeftToDoButDie: [[spoiler: An extremely bored and depressed Phil kills himself multiple times. Then, in a subsequent scene, he [[ButForMeItWasTuesday lists each one to Rita]] as a shocked waitress looks on. HilarityEnsues.]]
* NoodleIncident: Ned Ryerson mentions a few in short succession:
%% NOTE: the extra "Ned Ryerson:"'s in the text immediately below are not artifacts from cutting and pasting - Ned is repeatedly saying his name and then dropping a story to try to jog Phil's memory. %%
-->'''Ned:''' Ned … ''Ryerson''. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? C'mon, 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 times until you told me not to anymore? Well?
** Phil mentions he was "stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted and burned", but we never see any of it.
* OffTheRails: Phil tries this by [[spoiler: kidnapping the groundhog, going on a car chase, and getting ''both'' of them killed.]] [[ForegoneConclusion It doesn't work.]]
* OhCrap: The first time it loops, Phil reacts to the radio "Put your little hand in mine" by simply saying "Nice going boys, [[BrokenRecord you're playing yesterday's tape]]", but then they talk about the Groundhog Day. When he looks out the window, he sees '''''there's no snow from the blizzard'''''. That's his first OhCrap moment, but it sure ain't the last.
** Larry mouths "Oh, shit!" when he sees who bought him at the bachelor auction for 25 cents.
* PetTheDog: When Phil and the crew arrive in town, he loudly complains how much he hates the hotel they're staying at, when Rita informs him she knew he didn't like it and got him a reservation at a quaint bed and breakfast. After hearing this, Phil seems surprised at the act of kindness and sincerely (if smugly) thanks her for it. It doesn't sound like much, but it's the only decent thing Phil does prior to character development.
* PlotTwist: One possible ending that was considered was that ''Rita'' found herself in a time loop.
* ThePowerOfLove: Only by winning Rita's heart does Phil break the time loop.
* PunchSpinGape: Phil decking Ned in the street. Andie [=MacDowell=] jokes in a featurette about what [[LargeHam a ham]] Steve Tobolowsky is.
* RaisedCatholic: Rita invokes this to tell Phil he isn't a god.
** In fact, Bill Murray ''was'' raised Catholic—but not Andie [=MacDowell=].
* ResetButton: The clock turning 6:00 starts the day over.
* RingRingCRUNCH: Phil does this to his clock radio that won't stop playing "I Got You Babe" every morning at 6:00.
** When he's finally out of the loop, the song starts at a totally different part with the alarm, and the radio show host says, "[[{{Irony}} Oh no. Not again.]]"
* RousseauWasRight: The film's message: There is love, kindness and decency in ''everyone''; you just need time to bring it out.
* SanitySlippage: {{Lampshaded}} by Larry.
-->'''Larry:''' He's out of his gourd!
* SaveScumming: An unusual non-video-game example of this trope.
-->'''Phil:''' Want some white chocolate?
-->'''Rita:''' ''Yecch'', makes me sick.
-->'''Phil:''' ''(to self)'' No white chocolate.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The many errands Phil runs as he spends longer and longer in the loop.
** Subverted with some FridgeHorror that some of his errands have no lasting effect beyond February 2. For example, the young fiances whom Phil sends to see Wrestlemania may still be a failed marriage, since she was having second thoughts for a reason. Phil has no idea what the long-lasting implications are because, well, while in the time loop there were none.
** And subverted with the homeless man, since no matter what Phil does, he dies in the loop.
* {{Slipstream}}: Officially, there is no in-universe explanation for the time loop. It just... happens to this one guy. Although [[WhatCouldHaveBeen a backstory was going to be given]] that the time loop was due to a curse put upon Phil by his ex-girlfriend, but it was soon dropped according to the DVD commentary.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Phil before the loop. He invariably responded to greetings with, "Hi, thanks for watching."
-->'''Larry:''' ''(practically giggling)'' Did he actually call himself "the talent"?
* SnowMeansLove: Several times. Alternately, exactly once. Time travel.
* SuspiciouslyAproposMusic: At first, Sonny and Cher's ''I Got You'' may seem like a random pop song on Phil's radio, but as the film goes along, it gets a sinister edge to it.
-->I got you, babe. I got you, babe.
** During Phil's unsuccessful attempts to seduce Rita in the snow, Ray Charles' ''You Don't Know Me'' starts playing.
* SwitchingPOV: Phil is the center of the attention for almost the entire movie. There are short scenes where he is not involved, but will be or just was in the scene. The only glaring difference in point-of-view is one scene [[spoiler: where Rita and Larry identify Phil's dead body at the morgue.]]
* TalkAboutTheWeather: Mrs. Lancaster tries to make small talk with Phil by talking about the weather—unfortunately, he's pissed off and he's a weather forecaster.
-->'''Mrs. Lancaster:''' There's talk of a blizzard.\\
'''Phil Connors:''' We may catch a break and that blizzard's gonna blow right by us. All of this moisture coming up out of the south by midday is probably gonna push on to the east of us and at high altitudes it's gonna crystallize and probably give us what we call snow. Probably will be some accumulation but here in Punxsutawney our high is gonna get up to about 30 today, teens tonight. Chance of precipitation about 20% today, 20% tomorrow. Did you want to talk about the weather or were you just making chit chat?
* TechnicallyASmile: During the second ceremony, Phil makes an awkward, nervous fake smile at the end of his intro.
* TitleDrop: Time and again.
* TookALevelInKindness: Phil.
* {{Understatement}}: Phil tells Rita that "My years are not advancing as fast as you might think."
* UngratefulBastard: Throughout the loop he saves one same kid from falling from a tree. He snarks at the little brat for never thanking him once.
-->'''Phil:''' You ungrateful brat, you have never thanked me. I'll see you tomorrow, maybe!
* ViewersAreGoldfish: Subverted by this film and many others that use GroundhogDayLoop plot devices, as each repetition has variations.
* ViewersAreMorons: Phil believes most of his audience are ("People like blood sausage: people are morons").
* WhammyBid: "$339.88!"
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: It's 6 AM in this case. True, Phil relives Groundhog Day proper every day, but it's from 6:00 AM February 2 to 5:59 AM February 3. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d once when Rita expects him to "turn into a pumpkin or something" at 12 midnight.
* AWorldHalfFull: Invoked by Gus, when he comments Phil is a "glass half empty" kind of guy.
* YouCantFightFate:
--> '''Phil:''' *after bringing a homeless man to the hospital, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NjNOAncIlI who then passed away]]* What did he die of?
--> '''Doctor:''' He was just old, it was just his time … sometimes, people just die.
--> '''Phil:''' [[TearJerker Not today.]]
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-->''[[Film/GroundhogDay Then put your little hand in mine...]]''