Celebrate Groundhog Day with the Bill Murray Classic Film and Punxsutawney Phil!

A scene from the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.

Wednesday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day, and you can enjoy Bill Murray’s hit movie Groundhog Day over and over again on Philo (with the STARZ add-on or with a free trial!).

The 1993 classic movie follows Phil (Bill Murray), a cynical TV weatherman, covering the annual Groundhog Day celebration. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn’t predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp, doomed to relive the same terrible day.

Never seen Groundhog Day? Now is the time to give it a watch! Also starring Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott, it’s considered one of the greatest films ever made according to Collider and The Verge, scoring a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you aren’t familiar with the tradition of Groundhog Day and why it is a North American tradition, here’s a short history lesson. The holiday derives from a Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2nd and sees its shadow due to clear weather, winter will go on for six more weeks. If the furry friend does not see its shadow because it’s cloudy, spring will arrive early. The most famous ceremony is held in Punxsutawney, in western Pennsylvania, which features a somewhat mythical and famous groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil.

Want to see what Phil predicts? Tune into Accuweather’s Forecasting Phil: The AccuWeather Spring Preview. The special features the woodchuck of the hour, Punxsutawney Phil, and actor Stephen Tobolowsky, who appeared as Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day. Watch the informative 30-minute special which includes forecasting along with fun anecdotes.

So what’s your prediction, is spring coming early or is winter here for a bit longer? If you are a fan of the movie, let us know on Twitter and Facebook!

*Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures and Sony.

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