Ever wanted to see every day that Phil Connors (Bill Murray) spends stuck in a time-loop in the 1993 film Groundhog Day played out simultaneously? Well, now you can, courtesy of YouTube user Neil Fennell, a fan of Harold Ramis’ classic comedy who has diligently put together a supercut showing every single day in Connors’ waking nightmare side by side. Feeling a bit confused? Fennell explains his reasons behind the project:
“I wanted to see what it would be like if the events of the movie Groundhog Day all took place simultaneously. The film shows 37 separate days from Phil’s thousands of Groundhog Days in Punxsutawney. Every frame of the movie is used from days one to 37, with the exception of a few crossfades”.
The video gives viewers the opportunity to trace Connors’ every step as he adapts to, and makes the most of, the reality of being stuck in the present. To give an example, we’re able to observe just how he’s able to begin to impress love interest Rita (Andie McDowell) when they meet for a drink on day nine, as it plays in tandem with the near identical meeting from the days seven and eight, in which we see him learn her favourite drink and that she likes to toast to “world peace”.
If nothing else, the video reveals the meticulous planning that went into the film to ensure that the story holds together, while allowing us rewatch our favourite scenes from the film in a neat 30-minute package.
**Update: 6 February**
Sony has removed the video from YouTube. We’ll keep you posted if/when it gets reuploaded.
Published 2 Feb 2017
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