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A family of groundhogs is nestled together in their burrow
sleeping off the end of a long winter.
EXT. A FOREST CLEARING - EARLY MORNING
The crust of an old snowfall still covers the frozen ground,
and the bare, icy branches of the trees glisten dully in the
early morning light.
PHIL CONNORS is standing in front of a blank green wall
gesticulating animatedly at some invisible images on the wall,
talking a mile a minute (MOS) . He looks completely crazy as he
points at nothing and winks to an unseen audience.
EXT. WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA - SAME TIME
CREDITS CONTINUE as we streak across the winter landscape,
flying over fields and farms, small towns and hamlets, railroad
lines and interstates, coalyards and factories, until we cross
the Allegheny River and follow it to the southwest.
Phil continues pointing out features on the blank wall , but
from a new angle we can see that he ' s looking at a monitor out
of the corner of his eye which shows the chromakey insert he's
pointing to -- a national weather map.
EXT. NEAR PITTSBURGH - SAME TIME
The country towns turn to suburbs, traffic on the roads gets
heavier and finally we see the skyline of Pittsburgh and the
confluence of the Allegheny with the Monongahela and the Ohio.
We zoom into a tall building in the downtown area and
INT. PHIL CONNORS' OFFICE - MORNING
We don't see anyone at first but the office itself speaks
volumes about it's inhabitant-- team pictures of the Steelers
from the Franco Harris-Terry Bradshaw glory years, a framed
memorial portrait of Roberto Clemente, a local Emmy award
statue, an erasable weather map and mountains of personal junk
on the desk, ^windowsill, and every other available surface.
As the CREDITS END, we notice a sleeping figure on the small
sofa, buried deep under a pile of coats and a stolen airline
GIL HAWLEY, Executive Producer of the Action News, sticks his
head in the door.
Christ, what a pit. Phil"
The sleeping figure rouses himself and looks out at Hawley.
It's Phil, the .Channel 9 Action News weatherman.
It's February first, Phil. You
know what tomorrow is?
Phil sits up and.thinks hard. He's in his mid-thirties, smart,
rugged-looking, perhaps a little too full of himself, but
clearly a guy with a lot of personality.
Oh, no! Not again.
He jumps up and exits the office with Hawley right behind him.
Forget it! I'm not going.
INT. CORRIDOR - CONTINUOUS
Hawley pursues Phil through the office suite of the Channel 9
Action News, from the look of it a typical, big city, local
news operation. A logo on the wall identifies the station as
WPGH - Pittsburgh.
Phil ducks into the studio.Rate this script:5.0 / 2 votes
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