Being There

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Simple-minded gardener Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. home of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run-in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of Eve and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.

Director: Hal Ashby
Writer: Jerzy Kosinski (novel), Jerzy Kosinski (screenplay)
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre: comedy, drama
Year: 1979
MetaScore: 83/100
ImdbRating: 8.0
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 08 Feb 1980
Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 15 nominations.

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Chance - Peter Sellers
Eve Rand - Shirley MacLaine
Benjamin Rand - Melvyn Douglas
President 'Bobby' - Jack Warden
Dr. Robert Allenby - Richard Dysart
Vladimir Skrapinov - Richard Basehart
Louise - Ruth Attaway
Thomas Franklin - David Clennon
Sally Hayes - Fran Brill
Johanna Franklin - Denise DuBarry
Policeman by White House - Brian Corrigan
Old Woman asked for lunch (as Alfredine Brown) - Alfie Brown
David (as Donald Jacob) - Don Jacob
Jeffrey (as Ernest M. McClure) - Ernest McClure
Arthur - Arthur Grundy
Billings - Henry B. Dawkins
Mrs. Aubrey - Georgine Hall
Constance - Nell P. Leaman
First Lady - Alice Hirson
Kaufman - James Noble
Presidential Aide - Timothy Shaner
Presidential Aide - William F. Williams
Presidential Aide (as William Dance) - Bill Dance
Presidential Aide - Jim Aar
Presidential Aide - William Lubin
Honeycutt - Ned Wilson
Baldwin - Stanley Grover
Courtney - John Harkins
Kinney (as Katherine DeHetre) - Katherine De Hetre
Lyman Stuart - William Larsen
Gary Burns - Jerome Hellman
Morton Hull - Arthur Rosenberg
Colson - Sam Weisman
TV Page - Fredric Lehne
TV Guest - Gwen Humble
TV Reporter - Laurie Jefferson
Other Reporter - Allen Williams
Other Reporter - Janet Meshad
Other Reporter - Paul Marin
Sophie - Melendy Britt
Natasha Skrapinov - Hanna Landy
Karpatov - Elya Baskin
Ambassador Gaufridi (as Thann Wyenn) - Than Wyenn
Ron Stiegler - Richard McKenzie
Senator Slipshod - Sandy Ward
Mrs. Slipshod - Danna Hansen
Dennis Watson - Mitch Kreindel
Pallbearer - Richard Seff
Pallbearer - Terrence Currier
Pallbearer - Leon Greenberg
Pallbearer - Austin Hay
Pallbearer - Mark Hammer
Pallbearer - Maurice Copeland
Man at File Cabinet at the Washington Post - Hal Ashby
Dignitary - Herbert Benkman
Man in Commercial - Basil Hoffman
General - Jerry Jensen
Court Reporter - Alexandria Walsh