Rhinoceros Eyes


Rhinoceros Eyes (2004)


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Written and directed by Aaron Woodley, Rhinoceros Eyes follows Chep (Michael Pitt), a reclusive prop-factory employee who quite literally lives at his job. Considering that Chep only leaves the funhouse-like factory to watch romantic films at the local movie house and is able to locate even the most obscure of objects from the depths of the prop house, he is regarded among peers as a valuable, if eccentric, asset to the staff. Eventually, Chep develops an infatuation with Fran (Paige Turco), a movie production designer with an uncanny eye for detail and authenticity. As her visits become more frequent, her requests become more bizarre -- including a pair of rhinoceros eyes, an antique Irish wooden prosthetic arm, and a severed index finger -- Chep becomes increasingly determined to procure them for her, and resorts to drastic, oftentimes violent measures. Though the police become involved, Chep's grip on reality continues to deteriorate, and visions of an alter ego constructed of prop-house junk begin to take over his life. The film also features Matt Servitto, Jim Allodi, Victor Ertmanis, and Nadia Litz.


Gale Harold
as Det. Phil Barbara
Jim Allodi
as Hamish
Jackie Burroughs
as Mrs. Walnut
Reginald Doresa
as Mr. Walnut
Jennifer Gould
as Movie Actress/Melissa
Anthony Lemke
as Movie Actor/Dick
James Mainprize
as Peter Morgan
Carrie Clayton
as Betty Bumcakes
Peter Van Dam
as `Betty Bumcakes' Actor
Aaron Wooley
as `Betty Bumcakes' Director
David Greene
as `Betty Bumcakes' DP
Mike Cole
as `Betty Bumcakes' Boom Operator
Alexis Dziena
as Bird Girl
Robert Crossman
as Naked Man
Boyd Banks
as Hospital Orderly
Neil Crone
as Security Guard
Judy Sinclair
as Woman in Hospital
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Critic Reviews for Rhinoceros Eyes

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

A disturbing movie with new talents to watch ...

Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

... I've come to appreciate the comic side of it.

Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Quirkiness alone can't substitute for a compelling story line, interesting themes or real characters.

May 7, 2004 | Rating: C-

A movie that doesn't always work but certainly earns high marks for weirdness.

May 7, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

For too much of the film's running time, quirkiness stands in for genuine wit, and the screenplay is most notable for its derivativeness.

May 4, 2004

A thriller that shamelessly rummages through other movies in search of shocks.

Apr 22, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for Rhinoceros Eyes

I absolutely loved this! I had been wanting to see it for ages, and it did not disappoint me at all. A very original movie, reminded me very slightly of Donnie Darko, but better, I think (and i really liked Donnie Darko, so that's saying a lot!). Michael Pitt is fantastic in this, I cannot imagine anyone else pulling off this role. I can see myself watching this one many times over! Highly recommended!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This is a brave little indie film that ultimately falls short as a result of somewhat cloudy directorial vision. I like the story a lot, and Michael Pitt's performance is fantastically original, but it's a little too weird for its own good. Compelling in a weird way, but definitely not the gem I was expecting.

Mike T.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer

Creepy scenes, especially when Pitt's wearing that hideous mask Method acting is ok in this movie, especially in the 'horrified' scene.

Kevin M
Kevin M

Super Reviewer


I really liked the blend of fantasy and reality in this movie, but it didn't give you enough to let you keep track of both. I really liked the peripheral characters though, especially Chep's boss and Detective Barbara.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer

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