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Being There -- One of Peter Sellers finest and final roles as an unassuming gardener who is mistaken for a brilliant philosoper

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Director:
Writers:
Jerzy Kosinski (novel)
Jerzy Kosinski (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 December 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it! See more »
Plot:
A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted adviser to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 15 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Gift.... See more (263 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Sellers ... Chance

Shirley MacLaine ... Eve Rand

Melvyn Douglas ... Benjamin Rand

Jack Warden ... President 'Bobby'

Richard Dysart ... Dr. Robert Allenby

Richard Basehart ... Vladimir Skrapinov
Ruth Attaway ... Louise

David Clennon ... Thomas Franklin (as Dave Clennon)
Fran Brill ... Sally Hayes

Denise DuBarry ... Johanna Franklin
Oteil Burbridge ... Lolo
Ravenell Keller III ... Abbaz
Brian Corrigan ... Policeman by White House
Alfredine P. Brown ... Old Woman asked for lunch (as Alfredine Brown)
Don Jacob ... David (as Donald Jacob)
Ernest McClure ... Jeffrey (as Ernest M. McClure)
Kenneth Patterson ... Perkins
Richard Venture ... Wilson
Arthur Grundy ... Arthur
W.C. 'Mutt' Burton ... Lewis
Henry B. Dawkins ... Billings
Georgine Hall ... Mrs. Aubrey
Nell P. Leaman ... Constance
Villa Mae P. Barkley ... Teresa

Alice Hirson ... First Lady

James Noble ... Kaufman
Timothy Shaner ... Presidential Aide
William F. Williams ... Presidential Aide

Bill Dance ... Presidential Aide (as William Dance)
Jim Aar ... Presidential Aide
William Lubin ... Presidential Aide
Gerald C. McNabb Jr. ... Woltz
Hoyt Clark Harris Jr. ... Riff
Ned Wilson ... Honeycutt
Stanley Grover ... Baldwin
John Harkins ... Courtney
Katherine De Hetre ... Kinney (as Katherine DeHetre)
William Larsen ... Lyman Stuart
Jerome Hellman ... Gary Burns
Arthur Rosenberg ... Morton Hull

Sam Weisman ... Colson

Fredric Lehne ... TV Page

Gwen Humble ... TV Guest
Laurie Jefferson ... TV Reporter
Allen Williams ... Other Reporter
Janet Meshad ... Other Reporter

Paul Marin ... Other Reporter
Melendy Britt ... Sophie
Hanna Hertelendy ... Natasha Skrapinov

Elya Baskin ... Karpatov
Than Wyenn ... Ambassador Gaufridi (as Thann Wyenn)
Richard McKenzie ... Ron Stiegler
Sandy Ward ... Senator Slipshod
Danna Hansen ... Mrs. Slipshod
Mitch Kreindel ... Dennis Watson
Richard Seff ... Pallbearer

Terrence Currier ... Pallbearer
Leon Greenberg ... Pallbearer
Austin Hay ... Pallbearer
Mark Hammer ... Pallbearer
Maurice Copeland ... Pallbearer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hal Ashby ... Man at File Cabinet at the Washington Post (uncredited)

Basil Hoffman ... Man in Commercial (uncredited)
Jerry Jensen ... General (uncredited)
Alexandria Walsh ... Court Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hal Ashby 
 
Writing credits
Jerzy Kosinski (novel)

Jerzy Kosinski (screenplay)

Robert C. Jones  uncredited

Produced by
Andrew Braunsberg .... producer
Charles Mulvehill .... associate producer (as Charles B. Mulvehill)
Jack Schwartzman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
 
Cinematography by
Caleb Deschanel 
 
Film Editing by
Don Zimmerman 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Michael D. Haller  (as Michael Haller)
 
Art Direction by
James L. Schoppe  (as James Schoppe)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton  (as Robert Benton)
 
Costume Design by
May Routh 
 
Makeup Department
Edie Panda .... hair stylist: Shirley MacLaine
Charles H. Schram .... makeup artist: Peter Sellers (as Charles Schram)
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist: Peter Sellers
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist: Shirley MacLaine
 
Production Management
Charles Mulvehill .... production manager (as Charles B. Mulvehill)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hamburger .... first assistant director (as David S. Hamburger)
Toby Lovallo .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Irving Dion .... propmaker foreman
Charles McKinlay .... propmaker foreman
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master
Richard Reseigne .... construction coordinator
Arthur Shippee .... assistant property master (as Arthur Shippee Jr.)
Larry Verne .... construction foreman
John Villarino .... carpenter (uncredited)
Mike Villarino .... propmaker (uncredited)
Randal Woodward .... set painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Norval D. Crutcher .... sound effects editorial staff
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound effects editorial staff
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound effects editorial staff
Victoria Martin .... sound effects editorial staff
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Mitchell)
Frank E. Warner .... supervising sound effects editor (as Frank Warner)
Jeff Wexler .... production sound mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Bill Nicholson .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jack Snyder .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Don Hansard .... process coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney Baldwin)
Craig Denault .... first assistant camera
Clyde Hart .... key grip
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Harry C. Howard .... video engineer
Louis Mahler .... video playback operator
Pete Martinez .... video playback operator (as Peter Martinez)
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Ken Nishino .... second assistant camera (as Kenneth Nishino)
Dianne Schroeder .... special photography
 
Casting Department
David Welch .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Faso .... wardrobe: men (as Anthony Faso)
Suzanne Grace .... wardrobe: women
 
Editorial Department
Rebecca Einfeld .... apprentice film editor
Mireille Machu .... editorial consultant
Mark Warner .... assistant editor
Ron Lambert .... color timer (uncredited)
Steven Ramirez .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Michael McDuffee .... assistant transportation coordinator
Gerald R. Molen .... transportation coordinator (as Jerry Molen)
 
Other crew
Edle Bakke .... script supervisor
Charles Clapsaddle .... production assistant
Pablo Ferro .... title designer
Michael Flowers .... production assistant
Michael Jeffery .... assistant: Peter Sellers
Loretta Lorden .... secretary to the director
Don Mischer .... director: "Gary Burns Show" video segment
Gregory Palmer .... production assistant
Spencer Quinn .... location manager
Ken Ryan .... accountant (as Kenneth Ryan)
Dianne Schroeder .... video researcher
Teresa Stokovic .... production office coordinator
Beverly Walker .... unit publicist
Anne Dutter .... subtitles: original version with French subtitles (uncredited)
Georges Dutter .... subtitles: original version with French subtitles (uncredited)
Stuart Neumann .... location manager (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington .... location scout (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
130 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Canada:14A | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Norway:12 (1980) | Singapore:PG | South Africa:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2003) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG | West Germany:6
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Peter Sellers patterned the voice for Chance the gardener after his idol, Stan Laurel.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While at dinner for the first evening with Ben and Eve, Chauncey's wine glass fills and empties within seconds.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Chance the Gardener:Good morning, Louise.
Louise:He's dead, Chance. The old man's dead.
Chance the Gardener:I see.
[Chance goes back to watching TV]
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Soundtrack:
Symphony N°6 in F Major (opus 68)See more »

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73 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
A Gift...., 31 January 2005
Author: juliano66 from United States

Even as a kid I loved this movie and upon seeing it again as an adult I found much to re appreciate in this marvelous sleeper of a film. Sellers is in top form as are the supporting cast--the shear farce of it all makes the improbable seem probable--and as a vehicle for political/social commentary it ranks as one of the best dark comedies ever made. The inclusion of all the 70's TV clips make Being There an invaluable period piece and provide the film with some of it's funniest scenes. The movie also provides an interesting portrayal of the trappings of the super wealthy and it's portrayal of the workings of power and money are reminiscent of some of Kubrick's better work. Check out the all seeing eye of the Illuminati on the apex of the pyramid of "Rand's" mausoleum during the funeral scene. Pretty powerful stuff--makes Being There all the more an important and revealing work--as well as spiritual. Like the protagonist, Chauncey Gardner, there's something about this film that makes you feel better about life and , yeah, even about death. Kosinski's, Ashby's and Seller's gift to us all.

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