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.Written by
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Peter Sellers' then-wife, Lynne Frederick, was originally slated to have a part in the film, but her psychiatrist advised them not to work together. She did accompany him to the set every day to give him emotional support. See more »
When the President is shown aboard Air Force One asking aids about "Chancey Gardner", immediately prior is shown a twin engine Boeing 737 taking off. A 737 has never been outfitted as a presidential plane. More accurately, a Boeing 707 taking off should have been shown. See more »
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 »
There are two known versions of the closing credits. One features outtakes from the film featuring Sellers during the scene where Chance is getting his leg examined. And the second version, added in at the behest of Peter Sellers who was not happy with its inclusion, features the credits rolling over static, accompanied by the film's theme and sound clips from various television programs, and closed by a clip from a Gatorade commercial from the era. Most prints on television and home video use the first version of the credits. Version #2 was used on the general theatrical release, and in the 1980 MGM/CBS Home Video release of the film. Version #1 was reinstated when the film was reissued on video by CBS/FOX Video in 1983. See more »
If you have seen this movie you know how good it is. If you haven't that's OK, it's a timeless classic.
The movie is full of hidden meanings, symbols, and parallels to real world elite families of today. Probably one of Peter Sellers best performances in my opinion, and I think you will agree.
I don't want to spoil any part for you since it's a movie you must watch and experience on your own. For me to pluck out a scene and describe it would do it no justice. Trust me, even though it may start off slow and be a little confusing, it will get moving before you know it. Don't get up to get a drink without pausing it, because if you miss part of it, you might not understand the hidden story it tells.
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