Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

On the second of February each year, we rely on some not-so-advanced technology to peer into the future and find out whether six more weeks of winter loom ominously ahead. That’s right, we’re reminiscing about Groundhog Day and our forecaster remains a respected rodent named Phil, who resides in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

The tradition, which dates back to the 18th century, received some welcome and widespread attention in 1993, thanks to the hit film, Groundhog Day. Equally philosophical and hilarious, this Harold Ramis-produced comedy starred Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliot, and told the story of an unfortunate weatherman (also named Phil) who gets trapped in Punxsutawney, and is forced to live the same day over and over again. That day being, of course, Groundhog Day.

For filmgoers, the words “Groundhog Day” are certain to bring a smile to their faces. For rural farmers and folks who live in frigid climates, those words are more likely to bring about dread, at least among the superstitious, who desperately hope that Phil will be the bearer of good news each year and save them from a month-and-a-half of blistering cold weather.

Have you ever been to Phil’s home town to celebrate the festivities in person. Do you groan each year when Phil’s forecast is bleak? Or, did you just happen to love the film mentioned above? Share all of your groundhog-related memories with us in our comments section, as we tip our hat to a quirky holiday that inspired a great movie.

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  1. Wishnick59 says:

    Well, Staten Island Chuck didn’t see his shadow and he predicts Spring is not too far off. He didn’t bite Mayor Bloomburg this year either.

  2. D-Rock says:

    This is hands down my favorite Bill Murray movie. Okay, I haven’t seen a lot of his movies, but I love this one. It’s one of those films that I’ll stop and watch whenever I’m flipping through the channels and I see it. Everyone is wonderful in it, and Murray really shines in his conversion from jerk to all-around nice guy. The whole movie gives you a warm feeling. And it’s got some great lines! My favorite? For some reason, it’s Murray’s response to the rednecks in the diner when they tell him his name is like the groundhog’s: “Morons! Your bus is leaving!” Kills me every time.

  3. Syrinx says:

    Very funny movie! But I didn’t understand what Bill’s character saw in Andie M.’s character. She came across as really kinda bit*hy.

  4. princessdiana says:

    My parents love the movie.I should get it.Phil didn’t see his shadow this year.

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