Being There

Being There

DVD - 2009
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Chance is a secluded gardener who has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of Eve and her husband Ben. Ben is an influential, but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, as well as an unlikely political insider.


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Oct 28, 2017

I love this movie and for a single reason: It tells a story with minimal exposition and simplicity. Peter Sellers plays his part with admirable restraint and the rest of the production elevates his performance. Sometimes I think that a good drama does not need multiple story arcs or fancy effects to resonate with audiences. This film shows the truth of that powerfully, while leaving it up to us (the viewers) to create meaning from what we have seen. The hold of the mass media over our collective imaginations has never been presented in quite such a funny way, with the possible exception of Paddy Chayefsky's Network.

Oct 17, 2017

Surprisingly good movie.

Jul 10, 2017

A classic. Seemed a little slow moving compared to current movies. Consistently amusing. A statement on the upper class? How can they see a simple man as prophetic? 3/5

Jul 06, 2017

A GREAT movie! !Subtle humour, but VERY funny! One of my ALL TIME FAVOURITES!!!

Jul 05, 2017

I genuinely love this movie. The whole process is moving, hilarious, and poignant. Peter Sellers is excellent, actually the whole cast is tremendous. The mansion is staggering and the perfect location for this film gem. And the ending is so true! Life is a state of mind.

Nov 10, 2016

clever plot, subdued comedy.

Aug 06, 2016

A subtle comedy that builds as the movie gets going. Peter Sellers does a great job a someone raised on TV and then is forced to deal with real life. Some parts are hard to believe, but generally fun.

Feb 14, 2016

The movie is unquestionably one of the best ever produced by American cinematography. I watched very recently an old movie titled "Billy Budd" and based on an H. Melville's novella. The main character of Billy Budd, a young sailor, somehow reminded me of Chancey Gardner. (Both the movie and the novella are highly recommended.)

Dec 05, 2015

Now get this honkey, I don't take no jive from no union messenger!

Vincent T Lombardo Nov 06, 2015

This film proceeds lanquidly, and you have to suspend your disbelief, but it is a great comedy and a great fable. It is a sad commentary on how so many people follow insipid leaders who speak in platitudes. The screenplay and cast are excellent, and Sellers is magnificent.

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Laura_X May 15, 2015

This is just like television, only you can see much further.

Feb 18, 2013

"Life is a state of mind"

Jan 07, 2009

I like to watch.

Jan 07, 2009

As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.


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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

A simple man who has been raised his entire life inside a house watching television is suddenly forced out into the world, and stumbles into all kinds of odd and hilarious situations until he enters into the home of a politician, who mistakes him for being a brilliant strategist. Oscar-nominated performance by Peter Sellers.


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