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What would happen if the American public got the leader it deserved? Peter Sellers plays an innocent and illiterate gardener who ends up the most influential man in Washington, D.C.--simply by Being There. Gentle and slow-witted Chance (Sellers) tends a garden on a palatial estate and knows nothing of the outside world except what he sees watching television. Then a limousine hits him, and everything changes. Elevated to celebrity status by the limousine's powerful passenger, Eve Rand (Shirley MacLaine), Chance charms everyone, including the President of the United States (Jack Warden). Can his simple but wise gardening metaphors solve the country's complex problems? Chance helps peace grow and flourish in this comic, cautionary fable about the power of simplicity.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and refreshingly subtle, Being There soars behind sensitive direction from Hal Ashby and a stellar Peter Sellers performance.
Sellers has never been better and he embellishes the detached, childlike innocence of this charact...
June 25, 2017
Here is a comedy that valiantly defies both gravity and the latest Hollywood fashion.
June 25, 2017
A highly unusual and an unusually fine film.
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Amazingly poignant performance by Peter Sellers.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film is emotionally taxing and touching. There is some brief profanity. In one off-screen moment that is meant to be comedic, a woman masturbates with the hopes of seducing a man who is clearly not interested.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:December 19, 1979
- Audio Format:Stereo
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