Simple-minded gardener Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. home 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, 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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In different versions, the end credits are either shown over several outtakes of Sellers trying to say a line (the message from Raphael) ultimately not used in the movie version (restored to the home video version), or they are shown over TV white noise. Peter Sellers
was at the film's screening at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. He was furious with director Hal Ashby
and the producers for including the outtakes version of the end credits for this performance and at the audience's reaction to them. This incident may have finally persuaded the producers to change their minds. When the film opened soon after in Australia in late May 1980, the entire end credits were removed from all prints (leading to a deafening thud on the soundtrack after the film's final line). Eventually these prints were all replaced with versions including the "white noise" end credits and the film's main theme by composer Johnny Mandel
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When Eve and Chance first enter the Rand estate by limousine the car turns left inside the gate, but when they arrive at the front door they are approaching from the right. See more
Chance the Gardener
Good morning, Louise.
He's dead, Chance. The old man's dead.
Chance the Gardener
[Chance goes back to watching TV
Under the end titles of the theatrical release are outtakes of Peter Sellers as Chance recounting the encounter with Abbaz. Sellers breaks character and laughs during each attempt. The lines do not appear in the movie. Certain versions of the film have credits with white text on a black background without the outtakes. See more
CBS edited 3 minutes from this film for its 1984 network television premiere. See more
Performed by Buffy Sainte-Marie
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