- Status: Released
- Movie Tagline: Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it!
- Genres: Comedy, Drama
- Release Date: 1979-12-19
- Runtime: 130.0 min
- Budget: Not Available
- Revenue: $30.2 million
- Production Companies: United Artists, Lorimar Film Entertainment, NatWest Ventures, New Gold Entertainment, Northstar Media, BSB, CIP
Cast & Crew
Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart, Ruth Attaway, David Clennon, Fran Brill, Denise DuBarry, Alice Hirson, Jerome Hellman, John Harkins, James Noble, Hal Ashby
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Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. The film stars Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard A. Dysart, and Richard Basehart.
The film follows the story of Chance, an illiterate and simple-minded gardener who has spent his entire life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the old man dies, Chance is forced to venture out into the world for the first time.
Chance is taken in by a wealthy businessman and his wife, who mistake him for a wise and powerful figure. Chance’s simple-mindedness and innocence are mistaken for profundity, and he quickly rises to the top of the political and business world.
Chance’s newfound celebrity status brings him into contact with the President of the United States, who seeks his advice on matters of world affairs. Chance’s simple-mindedness and naivety, however, lead to a series of misunderstandings that ultimately result in a major scandal.
In the end, Chance is able to use his newfound celebrity status to help the President reconcile with his estranged daughter. Chance’s simple-mindedness and innocence prove to be a great asset, as he is able to bring people together and help them find understanding and common ground.
Being There is a comedic and insightful look at the power of innocence and the nature of celebrity. It
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