Director: Jonathan Heap
Kurtwood Smith plays Myron Castleman, an everyman-type who keeps repeating the same hour of his life, from 12:01pm to 1:00pm. The character is fully aware that the time loop is occurring, and nobody else appears to be aware of it. Each time the hour resets, Myron retains his memory (or as the film puts it, his consciousness), and despite his best attempts to understand what is happening, he ultimately realizes that he is entirely helpless to prevent the time bounce. Myron cannot even break the loop by killing himself, as he reappears, alive, at the next iteration; he is trapped in the loop for eternity.
Lupoff and Jonathan Heap, director of the 1990 film, were “outraged” by the apparent theft of the idea for Groundhog Day, but after six months of lawyers’ conferences, they decided to drop the case against Columbia Pictures