Being There (1979) Poster



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Double Indemnity (1944)
Music featured in
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Similar dialogue by same actor: When Chance meets the journalist at the dinner party at 1h37min, and says, "Hello Ronald, how are you?", he answers "Just fine", and Chance says "Good, I am fine too. Yes, good. We are fine." Similar to the conversation President Merkin Muffley has with the Soviet Premier over the phone in Dr. Strangelove: "Good... Well, it's good that you're fine and... and I'm fine... I agree with you, it's great to be fine..."
Harold and Maude (1971)
Chance shows concern for the care of a tree in a polluted city, much like Maude in Hal Ashby's 1971 film.
The Godfather (1972)

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Phyllis George/Mike Farrell/Sean Morey/Jerzy Kosinski (1980) (TV Episode)
Jerzy Kosinski talks about the movie he adapted from his novel
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie (1980)
marquee shown in background when Chong is going to the hotel
Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
The theater Jane and David are seen leaving has the film poster for Being There displayed outside. It is rather visible as they walk by.
Knots Landing: Secrets (1981) (TV Episode)
There is a poster for the film in Marni's apartment.
Body Double (1984)
"I like to watch."
Knots Landing: Distant Locations (1984) (TV Episode)
The film is advertised on a cinema marquee in Shula, Tennessee. Its star Peter Sellers is also mentioned on the marquee.
Out on a Limb (1987) (TV Mini-Series)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Daddy-O (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "I like to watch."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja II (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow: "I like to watch."
Clerks (1994)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Forrest Gump (1994)
Camilla (1994)
Freda and Harold discuss this film
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Crow during the closing credits of "Laserblast."
Weird Science: Bee in There (1997) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Parts: The Clonus Horror (1997) (TV Episode)
"He's gonna run into Chauncy Gadener"
Ally McBeal: Being There (1998) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) (TV Special)
Referenced by title
Tucker: The Family Tree (2000) (TV Episode)
McKenna refers to the film.
About Schmidt (2002)
Lesch & Co.: Quantität und Qualität (2002) (TV Episode)
Harald Lesch & Wilhelm Vossenkuhl talk about the film "Being There" to explain economy growth
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
mentioned in documentary
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
The filming of this is recreated. Several scenes feature Sellers being very interested in making this after reading the book.
The Buried Secret of M. Night Shyamalan (2004) (TV Movie)
Referenced as one of Shyamalans favorite films.
Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
At the costume party, talking about Peter Sellers.
Gilmore Girls: Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant! (2004) (TV Episode)
Doyle compares Glen to Chauncey Gardner.
Zizek! (2005)
picked out by Zizek in the rental store
Getting Gilliam (2005)
Mentioned as one of Hal Ashbury's films
Arrested Development: The Ocean Walker (2005) (TV Episode)
Just like Charlize Theron's character Peter Sellers plays a mentally challenged person, people mistake him for a genius and in the end he walks on water.
Entourage: Guys and Doll (2006) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Borat thinks the elevator at the Hotel Wellington is a room
Brothers & Sisters: Affairs of State (2006) (TV Episode)
Poster on wall in Holly's home; Holly says she had a small part in the movie.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Mentioned as example of actor vying for Oscar playing handicapped
Funny People (2009)
images seen (verified in end credits)
Micmacs (2009)
DVD is shown in a video store.
Casino Jack (2010)
The film's title is written on Jack's blackboard when he is seen teaching a screenwriting class in prison.
NCIS: Royals & Loyals (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by DiNozzo
Made in Romania (2010)
Jennifer Tilly compares the director to the naive 'Chauncey Gardiner' character.
Californication: ...And Justice for All (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
Brows Held High: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2011) (TV Episode)
Used as a way to describe the human presence
American Masters: Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011) (TV Episode)
Peter Sellers's role in the film is mentioned in an article that appears on screen.
Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Lisa Langlois (2014) (Video)
mentioned once
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.9 (2015) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 31 December 2015 (2015) (TV Episode)
Trevor Matich refers (not quite correctly) to someone as the "Chauncey the Gardner" of football
Rectify: Bob & Carol & Ted Jr. & Alice (2016) (TV Episode)
Referenced during group therapy session
Host Lucie Výborné: Viktor Preiss (2017) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Viktor Preiss.
Sarah Silverman: A Speck of Dust (2017) (TV Special)
Sarah says she was treated like Peter Sellers' character.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Mac and Me (2018) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Someone likes to watch?"


Little Caesar (1931)
Jezebel (1938)
Captain Kangaroo (1955) (TV Series)
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) (TV Series)
The Hollywood Squares (Daytime) (1965) (TV Series)
Green Acres (1965) (TV Series)
Get Smart (1965) (TV Series)
Days of Our Lives (1965) (TV Series)
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968) (TV Series)
Chance is watching this television show before Eve attempts to seduce him.
Sesame Street (1969) (TV Series)
Sanford and Son (1972) (TV Series)
Sanford and Son is one of the tv shows that Chance watches towards the beginning of Being There.
The Price Is Right (1972) (TV Series)
Lilias, Yoga and You (1972) (TV Series)
Match Game (1973) (TV Series)
Basketball Jones (1973) (Short)
This is the cartoon that Chance watches in the car with Eve Rand
The Gong Show (1976) (TV Series)
The Mumbly Cartoon Show (1976) (TV Series)
Peter Sellers' character watches this cartoon on a television

Featured in 

The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1980) (TV Special)
Sneak Previews: Oscar Special 1980 (1980) (TV Episode)
Clips featured
Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV Movie)
Chauncy Gardner is introduced to the President of the USA.
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Words (1987) (Short)
Clips shown
At the Movies: Why Gump? Why Now? (1994) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown. Gene Siskel's video recommendation for those who like "Forrest Gump" (1994).
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Clips shown.
The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) (TV Special)
Clips are shown
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
Being There is #26.
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Kick-Ass/Death at a Funeral/The Joneses (2010) (TV Episode)
Brooke Shields' #2 Favorite Film
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Toy Story 3/Cyrus/Jonah Hex (2010) (TV Episode)
Brett Ratner's #1 favorite film
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clips are presented


Spoofed in 

Not Necessarily the News: Episode #2.8 (1984) (TV Episode)
Includes a trailer for "Being There: The Final Chapter," starring Richard Nixon.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Borat thinks the elevator at the Hotel Wellington is a room
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Episode dated 24 September 2010 (2010) (TV Episode)
Playing Justin Bieber, Jimmy Fallon imitates the film's final scene on a pond

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