God and Groundhog Day: Screenwriter Danny Rubin on the Religion of a Movie

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Most people see the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" as just another funny, fabulous Bill Murray comedy. But others, in a variety of religious communities, see it as an illustration of the tenets of their particular faiths. We ask the movie's screenwriter about the divine influence of his story and talk with a religious studies scholar who uses the film as a teaching tool.

Danny Rubin, the screenwriter of "Groundhog Day," has heard from religious leaders since the release of his film, thanking him for celebrating their belief systems.

Angela Zito, co-director of NYU's Center for Religion and Media, has given talks about the religious interpretations of "Groundhog Day" to audiences around the country.


Danny Rubin and Angela Zito, PhD

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

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