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Being There [Blu-ray] [1979]

Release Date:03/21/2017

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

    Special Features

    • Appearances from 1980 by actor Peter Sellers on NBC's Today and on The Don Lane Show
    • Author Jerzy Kosinski in a 1979 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show
    • Deleted scenes, outtakes, and alternate ending
    • Excerpts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar with director Hal Ashby
    • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team
    • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby
    • Trailer and TV spots


    Being There
    Having lived his life as the gardener on a millionaire's estate, Chance (Peter Sellers) knows of the real world only what he has seen on TV. When his benefactor dies, Chance walks aimlessly into the streets of Washington D.C., where he is struck by a car owned by wealthy Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine). Identifying himself, the confused man mutters "Chance...gardener," which Eve takes to be "Chauncey Gardiner." Eve takes him to her home to convalesce, and because Chance is so well-dressed and well-groomed, and because he speaks in such a cultured tone, everyone in her orbit assumes that "Chauncey Gardiner" must be a man of profound intelligence. No matter what he says, it is interpreted as a pearl of wisdom and insight. He rises to the top of Washington society, where his simplistic responses to the most difficult questions (responses usually related to his gardening experience) are highly prized by the town's movers and shakers. In fact, there is serious consideration given to running Chance as a presidential candidate. Both a modern fable and a political satire, Being There was based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski and costars Melvyn Douglas, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as Eve's aging power-broker husband. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Peter Sellers
      Peter Sellers - Chance the Gardener
    • Shirley MacLaine
      Shirley MacLaine - Eve Rand
    • Melvyn Douglas
      Melvyn Douglas - Benjamin Rand
    • Jack Warden
      Jack Warden - President Bobby
    • Richard Basehart
      Richard Basehart - Vladimir Skrapinov

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