Being There

Being There

DVD - 2001
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Circumstances propel a feeble-minded gardener, whose entire knowledge of life comes from watching television, into becoming adviser to the president of the United States and a powerful but dying tycoon.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2001
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 BEI NVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 17, 2017

Surprisingly good movie.

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

Jul 06, 2017

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

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.

Nov 10, 2016

clever plot, subdued comedy.

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.

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.)

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.

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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Laura_X May 15, 2015

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

Feb 18, 2013

"Life is a state of mind"

Jan 07, 2009

I like to watch.

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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