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Being There

Director: Hal Ashby

Genre: Drama

Year: 1979

Running time: 130 minutes

Territory: International

Format: DCP

Cast: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard Basehart

Peter Sellers triumphs in his classic performance as an illiterate gardener who is hilariously catapulted into the fast lane of political power. Shirley MacLaine and Academy Award winner Melvyn Douglas co-star.

A simple-minded gardener named Chance 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 a woman (MacLaine) and her husband Ben (Douglas), an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.


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