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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics.

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 15 nominations.
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Chance
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Eve Rand
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Benjamin Rand
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President 'Bobby'
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Dr. Robert Allenby
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Vladimir Skrapinov
Ruth Attaway ...
Louise
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Thomas Franklin (as Dave Clennon)
Fran Brill ...
Sally Hayes
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Johanna Franklin
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Lolo
Ravenell Keller III ...
Abbaz
Brian Corrigan ...
Policeman by White House
Alfie 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
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First Lady
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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
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Courtney
Katherine De Hetre ...
Kinney (as Katherine DeHetre)
William Larsen ...
Lyman Stuart
Jerome Hellman ...
Gary Burns
Arthur Rosenberg ...
Morton Hull
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Colson
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TV Page
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TV Guest
Laurie Jefferson ...
TV Reporter
Allen Williams ...
Other Reporter
Janet Meshad ...
Other Reporter
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Other Reporter
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Sophie
Hanna Hertelendy ...
Natasha Skrapinov
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Karpatov
Than Wyenn ...
Ambassador Gaufridi (as Thann Wyenn)
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Ron Stiegler
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Senator Slipshod
Danna Hansen ...
Mrs. Slipshod
Mitch Kreindel ...
Dennis Watson
Richard Seff ...
Pallbearer
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Pallbearer
Leon Greenberg ...
Pallbearer
Austin Hay ...
Pallbearer
Mark Hammer ...
Pallbearer
Maurice Copeland ...
Pallbearer
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Man at File Cabinet at the Washington Post (uncredited)
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Man in Commercial (uncredited)
Jerry Jensen ...
General (uncredited)
Alexandria Walsh ...
Court Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Hal Ashby

Written by

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Jerzy Kosinski ... (novel)
 
Jerzy Kosinski ... (screenplay)
 
Robert C. Jones ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Andrew Braunsberg ... producer
Charles Mulvehill ... associate producer (as Charles B. Mulvehill)
Jack Schwartzman ... executive producer
Merv Adelson ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Johnny Mandel

Cinematography by

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Caleb Deschanel

Film Editing by

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Don Zimmerman

Editorial Department

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Rebecca Einfeld ... apprentice film editor
Mireille Machu ... editorial consultant
Mark Warner ... assistant editor
Ron Lambert ... color timer (uncredited)
Steven Ramirez ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster

Production Design by

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Michael D. Haller ... (as Michael Haller)

Art Direction by

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James L. Schoppe ... (as James Schoppe)

Set Decoration by

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Robert R. Benton ... (as Robert Benton)

Costume Design by

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May Routh

Makeup Department

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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

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Charles Mulvehill ... production manager (as Charles B. Mulvehill)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Hamburger ... first assistant director (as David S. Hamburger)
Toby Lovallo ... second assistant director

Art Department

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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

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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 ... 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 ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Bill Nicholson ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Jack Snyder ... sound engineer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Don Hansard ... process coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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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
Chris Strong ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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David Welch ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tony Faso ... wardrobe: men (as Anthony Faso)
Suzanne Grace ... wardrobe: women

Location Management

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Spencer Quinn ... location manager
Stuart Neumann ... location manager (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jim Henrikson ... music editor
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Michael McDuffee ... assistant transportation coordinator
Gerald R. Molen ... transportation coordinator (as Jerry Molen)

Other crew

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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
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)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 (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 Scott Renshaw

Plot Keywords
Taglines "I like to watch". See more »
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Also Known As
  • Willkommen, Mr. Chance (West Germany)
  • Bienvenue Mister Chance (France)
  • Willkommen, Mr. Chance (Germany)
  • Bienvenido Mr. Chance (Spain)
  • Wystarczy byc (Poland)
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Runtime
  • 130 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Peter Sellers was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor. Some said the reason Sellers lost was because of the outtakes at the very end of the movie as the credits are rolling. Sellers himself later said the outtakes "broke the spell" of the movie. See more »
Goofs While at dinner for the first evening with Ben and Eve, Chauncey's wine glass fills and empties within seconds. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Basketball Jones Featuring Tyrone Shoelaces See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes [last lines]
President "Bobby": Life is a state of mind.
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