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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.

Director:

Tom O'Horgan

Writers:

Eugène Ionesco (play) (as Eugene Ionesco), Julian Barry (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zero Mostel ... John
Gene Wilder ... Stanley
Karen Black ... Daisy
Joe Silver ... Norman
Robert Weil ... Carl
Marilyn Chris ... Mrs. Bingham
Percy Rodrigues ... Mr. Nicholson
Robert Fields Robert Fields ... Young Man
Melody Santangello Melody Santangello ... Young Woman (as Melody Santangelo)
Don Calfa ... Waiter
Lou Cutell ... Cashier
Howard Morton Howard Morton ... Doctor
Manuel Aviles Manuel Aviles ... Busboy
Anne Ramsey ... Lady with Cat
Lorna Thayer ... Restaurant Owner
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Storyline

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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Would you want to be a rhinoceros? But what if everyone else was one? See more »


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

John: So, you finally managed to get here. You're late as usual, of course.
Stanley: No, I...
John: Our appointment was for eleven thirty. It's practically noon now.
Stanley: I'm sorry John. Have I kept you waiting long?
John: No. I just got here myself.
Stanley: Oh, well, then I don't feel so bad.
John: That's beside the point. I don't like to be kept waiting and since you're never on time, I always come late on purpose.
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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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Rhinoceros marked a welcome re-teaming of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder
10 May 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When I went to my local library to check out DVDs, this one caught my eye because of the two stars pictured on it with their names prominently displayed: Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Anyone who's watched Mel Brooks' The Producers knows who they are and what a great team they made. So I included it among four others and brought it home with me. I must say while the movie itself is a little uneven (that scene in Wilder's accounting office with his coworkers was a little too frantic for my tastes), whenever Gene and Zero are on screen together they're nothing short of hilarious especially when Mostel does his transformation. Karen Black is also on hand as Wilder's love interest providing a sweet and sexy presence to the proceedings. In adapting Eugene Ionesco's play to the big screen, director Tom O'Horgan does a nice transition from farce to serious drama in the last 30 minutes that made me think about how conformity can be enjoyable if stifling after a while vs. how individuality can be liberating if lonesome because of not-as-many takers. Of course, anyone expecting a conventional slapstick comedy would probably be disappointed with the whole thing but despite some unevenness, I highly enjoyed and recommend Rhinoceros.


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