Being There

Being There

Director: Hal Ashby Cast: Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
, Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
, Jack Warden
Jack Warden
Hal Ashby
Being There

Being There

Director: Hal Ashby Cast: Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
, Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
, Jack Warden
Jack Warden
Hal Ashby

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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Having lived his life as the gardener on a millionaire's estate, Chance (Peter Sellers) knows of the real world only what he has seen on TV. When his benefactor dies, Chance walks aimlessly into the streets of Washington D.C., where he is struck by a car owned by wealthy Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine). Identifying himself, the confused man mutters "Chance...gardener," which Eve takes to be "Chauncey Gardiner." Eve takes him to her home to convalesce, and because Chance is so well-dressed and well-groomed, and because he speaks in such a cultured tone, everyone in her orbit assumes that "Chauncey Gardiner" must be a man of profound intelligence. No matter what he says, it is interpreted as a pearl of wisdom and insight. He rises to the top of Washington society, where his simplistic responses to the most difficult questions (responses usually related to his gardening experience) are highly prized by the town's movers and shakers. In fact, there is serious consideration given to running Chance as a presidential candidate. Both a modern fable and a political satire, Being There was based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski and costars Melvyn Douglas, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as Eve's aging power-broker husband.

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Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2017
UPC: 0715515195218
Original Release: 1979
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 1,218

Special Features

New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team Excerpts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar with director Hal Ashby Author Jerzy Kosinski in a 1979 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show Appearances from 1980 by actor Peter Sellers on NBC's Today and on The Don Lane Show Promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby Trailer and TV spots Deleted scenes, outtakes, and alternate ending

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Chance the Gardener
Shirley MacLaine Eve Rand
Melvyn Douglas Benjamin Rand
Jack Warden President Bobby
Richard Basehart Vladimir Skrapinov
Richard Dysart Dr. Robert Allenby
Ruth Attaway Louise
David Clennon Thomas Franklin
Fran Brill Sally Hayes
Denise DuBarry Johanna Franklin
Wendell Burton Actor
Ernest McClure Jeffery
Ravenell Keller Abbaz
Oteil Burbridge Lolo
Brian Corrigan Policeman
Alfredine Brown Old Woman
Donald Jacob David, chauffeur
Kenneth Patterson Perkins
Richard Venture Wilson
Arthur Grundy Arthur
Georgine Hall Mrs. Aubrey
Alice Hirson First Lady
James Noble Kaufman, Presidential Advisor
Ned Wilson Honeycutt
Stanley Grover Baldwin
Paul Marin Reporter
John Harkins Courtney
Katherine de Hetre Kinney, News Researcher
William Larsen Lyman Stuart
Jerome Hellman Gary Burns
Arthur Rosenberg Morton Hull
Sam Weisman Colson
Fredric Lehne TV Page
Gwen Humble TV Guest
Melendy Britt Sophie
Allen Williams Reporter
Hanna Hertelendy Natasha Skrapinov
Elya Baskin Karpatov
Than Wyenn Ambassador Gaufridi
John Miller Ron Steigler
Sandy Ward Sen. Slipshod
Danna Hansen Mrs. Slipshod
Mitch Kreindel Dennis Watson
Terrence Currier Pallbearer
Austin Hay Pallbearer
Mark Hammer Pallbearer
Maurice Copeland Pallbearer

Technical Credits
Hal Ashby Director
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Braunsberg Producer
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Michael D. Haller Production Designer
David Shamroy Hamburger Asst. Director
Jerzy Kosinski Screenwriter
Johnny Mandel Score Composer
Charles B. Mulvehill Associate Producer,Production Manager
Robert Jones Screenwriter
May Routh Costumes/Costume Designer
James L. Schoppe Art Director
Charles Schram Makeup
Jack Schwartzman Executive Producer
Frank Westmore Makeup
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
Don Zimmerman Editor

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