Groundhog Day is just a day away, and while watching the iconic movie of the same name based off of the critter-predicting holiday is always fun, re-living some of the classic 1993 film's best scenes can also be equally entertaining. Here are five of the most memorable quotes and clips from the Bill Murray fantasy drama, “Groundhog Day.”
“WAITING TO WORSHIP A RAT”
In the beginning of the film, Bill Murray’s character, a cynical TV weatherman named Phil Connors, makes it known to his co-workers, Rita (played by Andie MacDowell) and Larry (Chris Elliot) that he is more than unhappy to be on location in Punxsutawney to predict the annual groundhog’s weather report. “Pitiful, a thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat," says Phil, adding, "Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They use it pull the hog out and they used to eat it. You’re hypocrites, all of ya!”
“DIDN’T WE DO THIS YESTERDAY?”
What list would a roundup of the best “Groundhog Day” movie quotes and clips be without mentioning the scene in which Phil realizes he is a living a continuous loop of his initial day in Punxsutawney, Pa.? Phil who starts off his second morning reiterating the same phrases from Punxtawny’s local radio station, is soon after confronted by a fellow hotel guest who asks if he’s off to see the groundhog. Murray’s character responds with the pivotal question: “Didn’t we do this yesterday?” followed by the memorable line: “Don’t mess with me, porkchop! What day is this?” Murray’s character learn soon after it is, indeed, Feb. 2, yet again.
“PHIL, PHIL CONNORS?”
Phil Connor’s uncomfortable run-in with his former high school classmate turned life insurance agent, Ned Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky), makes for a memorable moment in the film when he continues to run into him throughout the repetitive flick. The best part of their meeting (other than Phil’s great punch he dishes out during one of his less successful repetitive days), Ryerson’s comment after Phil steps into a large puddle, to which Ryerson responds, saying, “Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy.”
"I'M A GOD, NOT THEE GOD"
After countless days of reliving the same day, Phil confesses to his love interest, Rita, about the multiple occurrence he recently endured that should have killed him. After experiencing everything from being burned alive to electrocution, Phil publicly concludes to his co-worker that he is immortal all the while the pair are trying to enjoy a meal at the local Punxsutawney diner. "I'm a god, not thee God," Phil says, later adding, "Every day I wake up with a scratch on me, not a dent in the fender. I am an immortal." When Rita remains unconvinced, Phil goes on to explain the entire restaurant's customers and employees names, desires and history, explaining his all-knowing abilities by saying that maybe the real God has just been around so long and that's how "he knows everything."
"DON'T DRIVE ANGRY"
Before deciding to--spoiler alert-- get his day "right" in an effort to end his repetitive fate, Phil snaps and decides to steal Punxsutawney Phil from his handlers and take him on a joy ride. While Phil starts his high-speed chase solo, he eventually brings up the groundhog to help him navigate telling him, "Don't drive angry," when the critter appears to be getting antsy behind the wheel. Their saga ends after Phil drives off a cliff to evade the authorities, crashing into a nearby quarry, but not before telling the groundhog, "It's showtime, Phil!"
What is your favorite scene/quote from 'Groundhog Day'?