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  • How many scenes did the flip clock appear in the Movie Groundhog Day?

    How many scenes did the flip clock appear in the Movie Groundhog Day? and other factoids.

    Flip clock fans world wide are well acquainted with the famous "Grounghog Day" flip clock. The Panasonic RC-6025. This simple, white, AM-FM radio alarm flip clock was Panasonic's budget clock. This lowest price flip clock now fetches prices from 150 to 300 US dollars on eBay and remains the most sought after clock due to it's prominence in one of the most beloved of Bill Murray's movies, Groundhog Day.

    This article details some of the facts regarding this flip clock's appearance in the movie answer such questions as:
    - What other times are visible on the Groundhog day flip clock during the movie?
    - How many times did the Groundhog day flip clock flip from 5:59 to 6:00?
    - To what other times did the Groundhog day flip clock flip during the movie?
    - In how many scenes did the Groundhog Day flip clock appear?


    What other times are visible on the Groundhog day flip clock during the movie?
    The clock is pictured at the following times besides 5:59 and 6:00 during the movie:
    4:04 pm
    4:05 pm
    11:54 pm
    11:59 pm
    12:00 am
    3:02 am
    6:01 am

    How many times did the Groundhog day flip clock flip from 5:59 to 6:00?
    The Panasonic RC-6025 can be seen flipping from 5:59 to 6:00 am 11 times during the movie.

    To what other times did the Groundhog day flip clock flip during the movie?
    Besides the well known 5:59 to 6:00 am flip in the movie, the clock flips from 4:04 to 4:05 pm and 11:59 pm to 12:00 am.

    In how many scenes did the Groundhog Day flip clock appear?
    The clock appears in 15 different scenes - at times more than once in the same scene. What follows are the some details about each appearance of the clock.
    The times referenced below are based on a digital copy of the movie and should be a good approximation of the times the clock appears. While the movie's official run time is 1 hour and 42 minutes, I timed it at no more than 1 hr 37 minutes.

    Scene One: (7:17) Clock flips from 5:59 to 6:00 am - Phil wakes to Sonny and Cher's I Got You Babe ("Then put your little hand in mine, there ain't no hill and mountain we can't climb. Babe. I got you babe, I got you babe". A pair of local radio talk show hosts hamming it up about the fact that it is Groundhog Day. ("Ok campers rise and shine and don't forget your booties cause it's cold out there. It's cold out there every day ..." ).

    Scene Two: (17:35) Nearly Identical to scene one - clock flips 5:59 to 6:00. Phil suspects that the radio crew has made a mistake, playing a tape from the previous day. "Nice going boys you're playing yesterday's tape."

    Scene Three: (23:40) Clock at 4:04 pm. Phil going to bed early, "Yeah sport, I know there's a blizzard, when are the long distance lines going to be repaired." "Well what if there is no tomorrow, there wasn't one today!" Phil breaks pencil placed one piece the night stand and the other on top of the clock. Clock flips to 4:05 pm.

    Scene Four: (24:22) - Close up of clock digits on 5:59 am. Clock flips to 6:00. Sonny and Cher song is heard. Cuts to Phil in bed. Wakes with a gasp, sitting up quickly, a look of fear/shock on his face. Phil remembers the pencil, shot pans to the clock and table. Pencil is whole again. Phil looks horrified.

    Scene Five: (33:19) Phil waking back in his bed after being jailed the previous night after driving around with Gus and Ralph leading to a car chase with local police resulting in Phil being jailed. Clock seen after Phil throws the covers back, pumps his arms in the air and shouts "Yes!" He jumps out of bed, looks out the window and starts boisterously quoting the radio crew before they begin to talk "Oh, Rise and Shine campers ..."

    Scene Six: (37:14) Close up of left side of clock on 5:59 flipping to 6:00. Background music is "Pennsylvania Polka." Scene cuts to Phil jumping out of bed, Clock seen on night stand as Polka continues to play.
    Notes: The previous day Phil quizzed Nancy Taylor in the Tip Top Cafe about her background.

    At this point in the movie, various well known scenes follow that include Phil having an evening with Nancy and calling her Rita, taking Nancy to a movie, robbing a armored car, amazing people with his Jeopardy skills, learning as much as he can about Rita, trying to seduce Rita multiple times and failing, Phil, walking back to the bed an breakfast dejectedly after being rebuffed by Rita, passing multiple ice carvings of the groundhog.

    Scene Seven: (55:13) Extreme Close up of the clock digits at an angle, slowly flipping from 5:59 to 6:00. Scene cuts to Phil in bed with a look of utter despair on his face, left hand under his head. No sound from the radio, but Phil sadly and speaking in a low voice, slowly repeats the radio crews lines "Ok campers, rise and shine, don't forget your booties cause it's cold out there, it's cold out there every day."

    Following this another Jeopardy scene, but this time Phil gives very flat, monotone answers, seems to freak out the bed and breakfast manager/owner.
    Later follows the scene of him giving his prediction to Rita "You know, you want a prediction about the weather, you're asking the wrong Phil. I'll give you a winter prediction: It's going to be cold, it's going to be gray, and it's going to last you, for the rest of your life."

    Scene Eight: (56:59) Clock flipping from 5:59 to 6:00. Sonny and Cher song plays. Phil knocks clock off night stand.

    Scene Nine: (57:03) Close up of digits flipping 5:59 to 6:00, then follows a shot of Phil rolling over and pounding clock to pieces with his right fist.

    Scene Ten: (57:15) Tight close up of clock flipping to 5:59 to 6:00. Sonny and Cher song plays. Cuts to shot of Phil with clock in foreground, Phil picks up clock and throws to the floor, scene cuts to the clock on the floor, song still playing, clock shattered all over the floor.
    Note: interesting observation - there are two clock motors on the floor. One attached to the clock mechanism, the other separate on the left. The mechanism pictured is not correct - it is from a different Panasonic flip clock.

    Following this, Phil takes the groundhog, steals a trunk, trunk eventually crashes, lands on roof and bursts into a huge fireball.

    Scene Eleven: (1:01:53) Fire ball fades to close up of digits on 5:59 - flips to 6:00. Song plays. Cuts to Phil sitting up, clock on night stand, look of sadness/depression on Phil's face, Phil says "Ah Nuts" then lays back in bed.

    Following this, suicide scenes follow: Phil electrocutes self in a tub of water, steps in front of a trunk, takes a slow motion dive from a tower followed by morgue scene where Rita identifies Phil. Phil tells Rita he is a god.
    "I didn't just survive a wreck, I wasn't just blown up yesterday. I have been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted, and burned."

    Scene Twelve: (1:07:23) Phil and Rita, sitting on the bed, flipping cards into a hat. Clock seems to be on 11:56 pm. Phil and Rita interacting, then clock appears again on 11:59 pm, flips over to 12:00 am. Rita says "You're still here."

    Scene Thirteen: (1:09:23) Clock on 3:02 am. Rita having difficulty staying awake.

    Scene Fourteen: (1:11:55) 5:59 to 6:00. Song plays. Phil waking after Rita spent the whole day with him and he confessed his love. Rita not there.

    Scenes following including Phil helping the old man multiple times, trying to save old man's life, being nice to Larry and Rita, reading poetry, learning how to play piano, ice carving, hugging and freaking out Ned, helping people in the community, Phil playing piano at a charity ball, Rita winning Phil in an auction for 339 dollars and 88 cents.

    Scene Fifteen: (1:30:56) 5:59 to 6:00. Song plays. Radio crew states, "Oh no, not again ...", Rita turns off radio alarm. Phil surprised to find Rita with him. Quotes from Phil include:
    "Do you know what today is ... today is tomorrow ... it happened, you're here."
    "It was the end of a very long day."
    Clock seen again at 6:01, as the shot pans past clock and to the frosted-over window.


    In Summary:
    The question left unanswered in this article: Who Cares? Well, more people than you might think. And hey, you made it this far, didn't you?
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