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Rhinoceros (1974)

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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Mrs. Bingham
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Young Man
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Young Woman (as Melody Santangelo)
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Howard Morton ...
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Busboy
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Lorna Thayer ...
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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. See more »


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21 January 1974 (USA)  »

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Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Tom O'Horgan stated that he cast Gene Wilder as Stanley because of the way he had worked with Zero Mostel in Mel Brooks' "The Producers" (1967). See more »

Quotes

Stanley: I hate the taste of alcohol, but if I don't drink, I feel awful.
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

What Did You Do To Yourself
Music by Galt MacDermot
Lyrics by Bill Dumaresq
Sung by David Lasley
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A great lost movie! Zero Mostel gives an INCREDIBLE performance!
25 December 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I have not seen this movie since the mid 70's but back then I watched it at least 20 times when it was shown on cable. Now it appears it is virtually lost, as they were unable to find a print of it for the Ionesco festival in New York this past year. If you are able to catch it on tv, do not miss it. A truly strange and unusual film, involves Gene Wilder as a man who seems all alone in the world as everyone else has started to catch a strange flu, which starts with bumps on there foreheads and then eventually turns them into raving lunatics, and finally into a Rhinocerous. Zero Mostel turns in a great performance as Wilder's friend, who goes beserk inside a building and literaly tears it apart in a rampage. The film goes on to explore whether or not Wilder is the sane one, or the odd man out, as he is the only one who has not conformed. He meets Daisy (Karen Black) who has not yet turned. They do everything they can to keep themselves from turning into what they fear, and the film really turns from comedy into psychological horror at this point. Some strange imagery, and perhaps Gene Wilders only nude scene on film, happen all before the climax. Truly a unique gem from the minds of people who defined the 60's! Tom O'Horgan directed Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway, and was involved with experimental projects with Robert Downey Sr. So you can imagine this is something of a rare find! Good luck on tracking it down!


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