DVD 130 mins IMDB 7.9 (13,151 votes)
Being There
Warner Bros. (1979)
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(11/5/2005 )

John Wood
Comedy, Drama
USA  /  English

Shirley MacLaine Eve Rand
Peter Sellers Chance - Chauncey Gardiner
Richard Basehart Vladimir Skrapinov
Melvyn Douglas Benjamin Turnbull Rand
Richard Dysart
Jack Warden President 'Bobby'
Richard A. Dysart Dr. Robert Allenby (as Richard Dysart)
Ruth Attaway Louise
David Clennon Thomas Franklin
Fran Brill Sally Hayes
Denise DuBarry Johanna, girl with Franklin
Oteil Burbridge Lolo
Ravenell Keller III Abraz
Brian Corrigan Policeman outside White House
Alfredine P. Brown Old Woman (as Alfredine Brown)
Donald Jacob David

Director Hal Ashby
Producer Andrew Braunsberg
Writer Jerzy Kosinski; Robert C. Jones
Cinematography Caleb Deschanel
Musician Johnny Mandel; Buffy Sainte-Marie
User Credit 1 Don Zimmerman
User Credit 2 May Routh

After Being There was published, author Jerzy Kosinski got a telegram from its lead character Chance the Gardner: "Available in my garden or outside of it." Kosinski dialed the accompanying telephone number and Peter Sellers answered. Sellers indeed got the part and gave an indelible performance (winning National Board of Review and Golden Globe Best Actor awards and an Academy Award® nomination) in this modern comedy classic.

Isolated all his life in a Washington, DC townhouse, Chance knows only what he's seen on T.V. Cast into the world, he stumbles into the inner circle of governmental power brokers (including Melvyn Douglas in his second Oscar®-winning role) eager for "sage wisdom." As Chance might say, you'll like to watch.

Edition Details
Barcode 012569093829
Region Region 1
Chapters 36
Release Date 4/3/2001
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Portuguese; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Interactive Menus
Cast/Filmmaker Profiles
Theatrical Trailer
Scene Access
Personal Details
Purchase Date 11/5/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it!
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Trivia: Laurence Olivier was offered the role of Benjamin Rand, but passed when he read the completed script. He said he didn't want to be in a movie where Shirley MacLaine has to masturbate. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: The napkin tucked into Chance's neck moves around from shot to shot. (more)

Quotes: Chance the Gardener: I like to watch. (more)

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 9 wins & 10 nominations (more)