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1. Phil (presenting a weather report on TV): Somebody asked me today,
"Phil, if you could be anywhere in the world, where would you like to be?"
And I said to him, "Probably right here. Elko, Nevada; our nation's high at
79 today." Out in California, they're gonna have some warm weather
tomorrow, gang wars, and some very overpriced real estate. Up in the
Pacific Northwest, as you can see, they're gonna have some very, very tall
2. Phil: For your information, Hairdo, there is a major network interested
Larry (sarcastically): Yeah, that would be the Home Shopping
3. Rita (after Phil complains about having to do
this “groundhog story” again): I think it’s a nice story. [The groundhog]
comes out, and he looks around. He wrinkles up his little nose. He sees his
shadow or he doesn’t see it. It’s nice. People like it.
Phil: You are new, aren’t you? People
like blood sausage too. People are morons.
Rita (sarcastically): [That’s a] Nice
Phil: I want you to look in the mirror and
see what you look like doing that groundhog thing… Would you like some blood
Rita: I like blood sausage.
4.* (Phil complains about the hotel in town, and Rita says she booked him a
room in a bed-and-breakfast; Phil is pleasantly surprised)
Phil: That’s one of the traits of a really good producer: keep “the
Rita: Would you like to come to dinner with Larry and me?
Phil: No thank you. I've seen Larry eat. You get your sleep. I’ll see
you in the morning.
Larry [to Rita about Phil, after Phil gets into the van]: Did
he actually call himself "the talent"?
5. (This dialog is on the radio every morning, to show Phil that he is
living the same day over and over.)
First D.J.: Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don't forget
your booties 'cause it's COLD out there today.
Second D.J.: It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami
First D.J.: Not hardly. And you know, you can expect hazardous travel
later today with that, you know, that, uh, that “blizzard thing.“
Second D.J. [mockingly]: “That blizzard - thing. That blizzard -
thing.” Oh, well, here's the report! The National Weather Service is calling
for a "big blizzard thing!"
First D.J.: Yes, they are. But you know, there's another reason why
today is especially exciting.
Second D.J.: Especially cold!
First D.J.: Especially cold, okay, but the big question on
Second D.J.: - On their chapped lips...
First D.J.: - On their chapped lips, right: Do ya think Phil is gonna
come out and see his shadow?
Second D.J.: Punxsutawney Phil!
First D.J.: Thats right, woodchuck-chuckers - it's
[in unison] GROUNDHOG DAY!
6. Mrs. Lancaster: Did you sleep well, Mr. Connors?
Phil: I slept alone, Mrs. Lancaster.
Phil: I don't suppose there's any chance of a espresso or cappuccino?
Mrs. Lancaster: [confused look] Oh, I don't know...
Phil: [turns away, to self] ... how to spell espresso or
Mrs. Lancaster: [on the first day] Will you be checking out today, Mr.
Phil: Chance of departure today: one hundred percent!
(on the second day, Phil’s answer changes to:)
Phil: Chance of departure today:... Eighty percent?...
7.* Ned: Phil? Hey, Phil? Phil! Phil Connors? Phil
Connors, I thought that was you!
Phil: Hi, how you doing? Thanks for watching.
[Starts to walk away]
Ned: Hey, hey! Now, don't you tell me you
don't remember me because I sure as heckfire remember you.
Phil: Not a chance.
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: Ned Ryerson?
Phil: Bing…. Do you have life insurance,
Phil? Because if you do, you could always use a little more, right? Am I
right or am I right? Or am I right? Am I right?
Phil: Ned, I would love to stay here and talk
with you... but I'm not going to.
Ned: So what are you doing for dinner?
Phil: Umm... something else. (As Phil walks
away, he steps into a big hole filled with muddy water.)
Ned: Watch out for that first step. It’s a
8. Rita: Where have you been?
Phil: [referring to Ned] It was awful. A giant leech got me.
Rita: You're missing all the fun! These people are great! Some of them
have been partying all night long! They sing songs 'till they get too cold
and then they go sit by the fire and they get warm, and then they come back
and sing some more!
Phil: Yeah, they're hicks, Rita! So, did you sleep OK without
me? You tossed and turned, didn't you?
Rita (sarcastically): You're incredible.
Phil: Who told you?
(The crowd cheers as the Master of Ceremonies goes onto the stage)
Rita: It's groundhog time.
9. Phil (after the official Groundhog Ceremony):
On me in three… This is one time where television really fails to
capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather. I,
for one, am very grateful to have been here. From Punxsutawney, this is Phil
Connors. So long.
Rita (unhappy): OK… Want to try it again
without the sarcasm?
Phil: We’ve got it. I’m out of here.
Larry (referring to Phil): Prima donnas.
10. Phil: Hey commander, what's going on?
State Trooper (i.e., police officer): There's
nothing going on. We're closing the road. Big blizzard moving in.
Phil: What blizzard? It's a couple of flakes.
State Trooper: Don't you listen to the
weather? We got a major storm here.
Phil: I make the weather! All of this
moisture coming up out of the Gulf is gonna push off to the east and hit
State Trooper: Pal, you got that moisture on
your head. Now you can go back to Punxsutawney, or you can go ahead and
freeze to death. It's your choice. So what's it gonna be?
Phil (pauses): I'm thinking...
11. Phil (talking to the phone company): 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….
(on the second day, the conversation ended like this)
Phil: When are the long-distance [phone] lines going to be repaired?
Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.
12. [upon seeing that its Groundhog Day again the
Phil: What the hell?
13. Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
Mrs. Lancaster: I don't think so, but I could check with the kitchen.
14. Phil Connors: Excuse me, where is everybody going?
Piano teacher (on the street): To Gobbler's Knob. It's Groundhog Day.
Phil Connors: It's still just once a year, isn't it?
(In town, he meets Ned again, but this time Phil knows who Ned is.)
Ned: …Funny you should mention your health because you will never
guess what I do now.
Phil: Do you sell insurance?
Ned: Bing again! You are sharp as a tack today. Do you have life
insurance, Phil? If you do, you could always use more. Right? Who couldn’t?
But do you want to know something? I got the feeling... [whistles]... you
ain't got any. Am I right or am I right? Or am I right? Am I right?
Phil: I gotta go.
15.* Phil: Something’s going on and I don’t know what to do about it.
Rita: Are you drunk or something?
Phil: Drunk is more fun. Can I be serious with you with you for a
Rita: I don't know. Can you? … It’s groundhog time. Let’s just do
this, then we’ll talk.
Phil: On me in three… Well, it's Groundhog Day... again.... And that
must mean that we're up here at Gobbler's Knob waiting for the forecast from
the world's most famous groundhog weatherman, Punxsutawney Phil, who's just
about to tell us how much more winter we can expect.
16. (on the third morning)
Phil: Can I talk to you about a matter that is not work-related?
Rita: You never talk about work…
(Phil explains that he’s reliving the same day over and over.)
Rita: I am racking my brain, but I can’t imagine why you’d make
Phil: I am not making it up. I am asking you for help.
Rita: Okay, what do you want me to do?
Phil: I don't know. You're a producer. Come up with something.
Rita: You want my advice? I think you should get your head examined if
you expect me to believe a stupid story like that, Phil.
Gus (at the next table in this restaurant): Phil? Like the groundhog
Phil: Yeah, like the groundhog Phil.
Gus: Look out for your shadow there, pal.
Phil: Morons, your bus is leaving.
(Phil goes to see a doctor, and then a psychologist, but neither knows
how to help.)
17. Phil (with some guys in a bowling alley): 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. [Ralph and Gus laugh.] That was a pretty good
day. Why couldn't I get that day over, and over, and over...
Gus: You know, some guys would look at this
glass and they would say, “That glass is half empty.” Other guys would say,
“That glass is half full.” I peg you as a “glass is half empty” kind of guy.
Am I right?
Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in
one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did
Ralph: That about sums it up for me.
(They leave, and all of them are drunk.)
Phil (after Ralph falls a few times): You
wanna throw up here, or you wanna throw up in the car?
Ralph: I think... both.
Phil (driving, because he is the least drunk
of the three): Let me ask you guys a question. What if there were no
Gus: No tomorrow. That would mean there are
no consequences. There would be no hangovers. We could do whatever we
Phil: That’s true. We could do whatever we
want. (So he drives into a mail box, right in front of a police
Gus: Hey Phil, if we wanted to hit mailboxes we could let Ralph drive!
(The police start to follow, with lights and siren on.) Hey, I think they
want you to stop.
Phil: Hang on. (He continues to drive crazy.) It's the same thing your
whole life: "Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Pick up your feet. Take
it like a man. Be nice to your sister. Don't mix beer and wine, ever." Oh
yeah: "Don't drive on the railroad track." (Then Phil starts to drive down
the railroad track.)
Gus: Well, Phil, that's one I happen to agree with.
Phil: I don’t know, Gus. Sometimes I think
you just have to take the big chances.
Gus (alarmed because a train is coming!): Phil!
Phil: I'm betting he's going to swerve first. (He gets out of
the train’s way just in time.) I’m not gonna live
by their rules anymore.
Ralph: I noticed that.
Phil: You make choices and live with them.
(The police catch up to him, and he crashes into a parked car. When
the officer comes to the window, Phil says…)
Phil: Yeah, three cheeseburgers, two large fries, two chocolate shakes
and one large coke.
Ralph: And some flapjacks.
Phil (to the officer) :Too early for flapjacks?
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