Being There

Criterion   (1979) / Region A
Being There

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Being There

In one of his most finely turned performances, Peter Sellers plays the pure-hearted, childlike Chance, a gardener who is f-rced into the wilds of Washington, D.C, when his wealthy guardian dies. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn't respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon (Melvyn Douglas, in a Oscar-winning performance), who mistakes his protg's horticultural mumblings for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife (Shirley Maclaine) targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adopted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this satire, both deeply melancholy and hilarious, is the culmination of Hal Ashby's remarkable string of films in the 1970's, and a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade.


  • Length
  • Rating PG
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 08 2017
  • Production Year 1979
  • Empire SKU 1891701
  • UPC Code 715515195218
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


New Documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team.
Excepts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar with Director Hal Ashby
Author Jerzy kosinski in a 1979 appearance on The Dick Covett Show
Appearances From 1980 by Actor Peter Sellers on NBC's Today and on The Don Lane Show
Promo reel Featuring Sellers and Ashby
trailer and TV Spots
Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, and Alternate Ending
Plus: An Essay by Critic Mark Harris


  • Audio
    English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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