Groundhog Day is here! Watch the Bill Murray Movie on Philo!

A scene from the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.

Groundhog Day is here!

Apologies if you’re just hearing this now, but Punxsutawney Phil unfortunately saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter!

Emerging from our own post-holiday, wintry hibernation, we felt it appropriate to remind you that Groundhog Day, the 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie Macdowell, is available to watch right here on Philo. You can even experience your own déjà vu and watch Groundhog Day all day! Watch it live on AMC with the final airing beginning at 8:30 p.m. PT or save it to your DVR and watch at your convenience.

First, a quick reminder: Groundhog Day is a unique American tradition that is celebrated every year on February 2. The “holiday” originated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where it has been a tradition for over 130 years. On this day, people gather to watch a groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, emerge from its burrow to see if it will predict the end of winter by either seeing its shadow or not. In short: Shadow, six more weeks of winter; no shadow, spring is coming soon!

While its roots are in Pennsylvania, Groundhog Day has become a popular event celebrated across the United States and even around the world. And what better way to celebrate than by watching the film classic?

In the movie, Murray plays a weatherman, Phil Connors, who doesn’t predict a blizzard and gets caught in a time loop in Punxsutawney. Each day, he wakes to the same song playing on the radio and concocts different, crazy plans to spend his time before eventually falling in love with Rita (MacDowell). As his repetitive day starts to depress him, he seeks a better use of his time – and just maybe an escape from his time prison!

Even if you’ve already seen the movie, why not get caught in your own time loop and give it another watch!

Give us your prediction, too! Six more weeks of winter, or is it time to get ready for spring? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!


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