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    Unique ID Code: 0000055244
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    Added on: 3/11/2003 18:15
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    Being There (UK)

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    Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it!
    Certificate: 12
    Running Time: 123 mins
    Retail Price: £12.99
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    Peter Sellers stars as Chance, a dapper, mentally deficient gardener who has spent his entire life in the home of a rich recluse. He has learned of the outside world only through television and speaks in minimal, easy-to-digest sound bites. When Chance steps out into the world for the first time, though, his idle sayings are interpreted as philosophical wisdom by a wealthy industrialist and, soon after, swallowed whole by the American public to the point where Chance becomes a media celebrity...

    Special Features:
    Theatrical trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Mono English

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    Directed By:
    Hal Ashby

    Written By:

    Richard A. Dysart
    Jack Warden
    Melvyn Douglas
    Shirley MacLaine
    Peter Sellers

    Casting By:
    Lynn Stalmaster

    Soundtrack By:
    Johnny Mandel

    Director of Photography:
    Caleb Deschanel

    Don Zimmerman

    Costume Designer:
    May Routh

    Production Designer:
    Michael D. Haller

    Charles Mulvehill
    Andrew Braunsberg

    Executive Producer:
    Jack Schwartzman

    Warner Home Video

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    This is a movie that is about basically one joke. How people can get the wrong impression, and where that leads.

    The Plot
    It stars Peter Sellers in his last film. Its nothing like the slapstick of the Pink Panther movies, but nice gentle humour. A quite amazing performance, outside of his more conventional image.

    He plays the character Chance, an IQ challenged gardener, who has lived his entire life in the care of an old rich man. He therefore has no experience of real life. He has never even been in a car before, or even left the building. Meals have always been provided by the housekeeper, so he has lived a cocooned life. Then the old man unfortunately dies and he is forced to leave the house. You would think his journey into the outside world would be lethal (this is after all Washington D.C. and not perhaps the best part of it either). Its touch and go to start with, hes doesn`t understand how to get food or what money is.

    However his slow thinking; softly, well spoken way, together with his fine clothes and smart appearance mean people tend to have preconceptions of a smart business man, and see in him what they want, usually in an extremely positive way.

    He really only understands gardening, and usually replies to a question he doesn`t understand as though it was a question about a garden. This leads to people interpreting the response as metaphorical and his direction is set. Just how far will it take him though? A nice final twist at the end leaves you wondering too.
    The Visuals/Audio
    The visuals are nothing special for a film from the 1970s, and the sound is in mono, but then all the action is in the dialog and events.
    The Extras
    There are few extra features, a trailer and some different languages.
    Its a classic film IMHO, and well worth the investment. It picked up a number of awards including an Oscar for the supporting role, and a nomination for Peter Sellers.
    posted by Julian Onions on 4/11/2003 10:06