Being There

Being There

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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Chance is a pure-hearted gardener forced out of moneyed seclusion and into the urban wilds of Washington, D.C., after the death of his employer. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn't respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles haplessly into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon who mistakes his new protégé's mumbling about horticulture for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife targets Chance as the object of her desire.
Publisher: [New York, New York] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2017]
Edition: Blu-ray special edition
ISBN: 9781681432816
1681432811
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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List - MOVIES: 70's comedies
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annveerman
Jul 10, 2017

A classic. Seemed a little slow moving compared to current movies. Consistently amusing. A statement on the upper class? How can they see a simple man as prophetic? 3/5

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sdswbob
Jul 06, 2017

A GREAT movie! !Subtle humour, but VERY funny! One of my ALL TIME FAVOURITES!!!

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strider643
Jul 05, 2017

I genuinely love this movie. The whole process is moving, hilarious, and poignant. Peter Sellers is excellent, actually the whole cast is tremendous. The mansion is staggering and the perfect location for this film gem. And the ending is so true! Life is a state of mind.

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xiaojunbpl12
Nov 10, 2016

clever plot, subdued comedy.

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Charlie68
Aug 06, 2016

A subtle comedy that builds as the movie gets going. Peter Sellers does a great job a someone raised on TV and then is forced to deal with real life. Some parts are hard to believe, but generally fun.

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annanina
Feb 14, 2016

The movie is unquestionably one of the best ever produced by American cinematography. I watched very recently an old movie titled "Billy Budd" and based on an H. Melville's novella. The main character of Billy Budd, a young sailor, somehow reminded me of Chancey Gardner. (Both the movie and the novella are highly recommended.)

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blkops33
Dec 05, 2015

Now get this honkey, I don't take no jive from no union messenger!

Vincent T Lombardo Nov 06, 2015

This film proceeds lanquidly, and you have to suspend your disbelief, but it is a great comedy and a great fable. It is a sad commentary on how so many people follow insipid leaders who speak in platitudes. The screenplay and cast are excellent, and Sellers is magnificent.

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voisjoe1_0
May 29, 2015

This is one of those films that are best seen with minimal prior knowledge. Then you can relate to the film characters meeting Chance the Gardener for the first time. This is basically a satire of the American political system with a secondary satire of the vapidity of the American media. When asked what he reads, Chance says he does not read. In a recent election, a vice-presidential candidate, not known for knowledge of the world, faked it saying, “I read everything.” My opinion is that the American political system has actually approached the conditions shown in this film. Many of our current political members have not yet regressed all the way to the third grade (or less?) like Chance the gardener, but some are shockingly close.

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BoogerBot
May 11, 2015

It's a funny story but I don't think it's a great movie. The pacing is slow and the movie ends oddly. Works better as a short story or if it were turned into a sitcom.

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Laura_X May 15, 2015

This is just like television, only you can see much further.

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coryegan
Feb 18, 2013

"Life is a state of mind"

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vickiz
Jan 07, 2009

I like to watch.

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vickiz
Jan 07, 2009

As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.

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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

A simple man who has been raised his entire life inside a house watching television is suddenly forced out into the world, and stumbles into all kinds of odd and hilarious situations until he enters into the home of a politician, who mistakes him for being a brilliant strategist. Oscar-nominated performance by Peter Sellers.

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