In one of the most brilliant performances of his career, Peter Sellers plays the unforgettable Chance, a middle-aged man who has spent his entire life living in a Washington, D.C. townhouse tending to the wealthy owner's garden. His only contact with theoutside world has been the images that he sees on the television. When his benefactor dies, Chance is tossed out into the real world and finds himself the unlikely and unwitting voice of wisdom among the capitol's powerful elite. Shirley MacLaine and Melvin Douglas costar in one of the most acclaimed films of the decade.
BEING THERE is based on Jerzy Kosinski's short comic novel about a simpleton, Chance (Peter Sellers), raised in isolation whose only education came from watching TV. When he's forced out of the house where he worked as a gardener by the death of the wealthy recluse who raised him from infancy, he's fortuitously struck by a limousine carrying Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine), the wife of a wealthy industrialist. He's mistaken, because of his well-tailored suits, for a man of means and taken to dinner with her husband, Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas). There, as Chauncy Gardner, his blank affect is taken for seriousness and his literal pronouncements about gardening for metaphoric economic predictions. Starring Peter Sellers, Jack Warden, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Basehart, Richard Dysart, Melvyn Douglas Director Hal Ashby Special Features: Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: (unspecified) English Additional Release Material: Featurette: Illeana Douglas.