A boozing young man in love with his co-worker finds that everyone around him, even his pompous and condescending best friend, is changing into a rhinoceros.

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Young Man, Logician
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Originally an absurdist play by Eugene Ionesco, Rhinoceros tells the story of a French town plagued by rhinoceroses. These are not ordinary rhinoceroses, but people who have been victims of "rhinoceritis." Or is it something else entirely? But, why are they turning into rhinoceroses and what is Ionesco trying to tell us about society? Written by Jeff Schoner <zek@primenet.com>

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The comedy that proves people are still the funniest animals.


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This was first announced in 1967 with Ealing great Alexander Mackendrick set to direct. Peter Sellers and Peter Ustinov were to star, and John Calley was the producer. Unfortunately the movie did not go ahead. This was one of many Mackendrick projects which failed to materialise. See more »

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What Did You Do To Yourself
Music by Galt MacDermot
Lyrics by Bill Dumaresq
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Weird!
11 April 1999 | by (Grimsby, England) – See all my reviews

OK, this is one weird film that I caught very late one night, I only decided to see it because it had Gene Wilder in it, who is one of the funniest men in history. I was totally surprised by how bizarre it was. The plot is about Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder talking and all these people turn into (unseen) rhinoceros'. Later on the story goes from zany comedy to mild horror as our 'heroes' try to stop themselves from turning into rhinoceros'...If you're in a good mood you could find some enjoyment out of this, but if you like your films straightforward then avoid this like the plague.


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