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It’s Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Thursday (Feb. 2), which means there are six more weeks of winter left. And if you’re not exactly thrilled about that, watching Groundhog Day might just boost your mood.
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Richard Henzel star in the ’90s comedy about a man trapped in a personal time warp where every day is Groundhog Day. Murray plays Phil, a grumpy weatherman sent to Punxsutawney, Penn., to report on the town’s annual Groundhog Day event.
The film delivers a nice mixture of bleak and hilarious moments that encapsulate that sinking feeling of another month and a half of winter. But there’s a not-so-hidden life lesson within the comedic plot, because Phil eventually learns how to approach life “like there’s no tomorrow.”
Groundhog Day will be airing on AMC all day today and on Saturday morning. (See the schedule here.) If you don’t have cable, stream Groundhog Day with a free trial to AMC+ or at AMC.com. You can also subscribe to a streamer that offers AMC and other cable channels such as Hulu + Live TV, Direct TV and Sling TV.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you have the option of streaming Groundhog Day on Prime Video for free through AMC+.
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For those who don’t want to watch through AMC+, Groundhog Day is streaming as a video-on-demand rental ($3.99). You can rent or buy a digital copy of the film on Prime Video and other streamers like iTunes, Google Play and Vudu. Groundhog Day is also available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Not familiar with Groundhog Day? The annual tradition was brought to the U.S. by German settlers. The first Groundhog Day event was held in Punxsutawney on Feb. 2, 1887.
As for the movie, Danny Rubin initially wrote Groundhog Day to land a meeting with producers in hopes of getting other potential work. Director Harold Ramis worked with Rubin on retooling the script, but Murray wasn’t the first choice to play Phil. Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks and Chevy Chase all turned down the role before Murray signed on.
Groundhog Day grossed $105 million at the box office and went on to become one of the highest grossing films of 1993.
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