Being There (1979)

8.5 / Rated by 2 people

130 min.
Plot  Chance (Peter Sellers) is a middle-aged man who lives in the townhouse of an old, wealthy man in Washington, D.C. He is simple-minded and has lived there his whole life, tending the garden. Other than gardening, his knowledge is derived entirely from what he sees on television. When his benefactor dies, Chance naively says he has no claim against the estate, and is ordered to move out. Thus he discovers the outside world for the first time.

Chance wanders aimlessly, wearing his former employer's expensive clothes. He passes by a TV shop and sees himself captured by a camera in the shop window. Entranced, he steps backward off the sidewalk and is struck by a chauffeured car owned by Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas), an elderly business mogul. In the back seat of the car sits Rand's wife Eve (Shirley MacLaine).

Eve brings Chance to their home to recover. Drinking alcohol for the first time in the car ride home, Chance coughs as he tells Eve his name. Eve mishears "Chance, the...



Peter Sellers
Chance the Gardener
Shirley MacLaine
Eve Rand
Melvyn Douglas
Ben Rand
Jack Warden
The President
Richard A. Dysart
Dr. Robert Allenby
Richard Basehart
Vladimir Skrapinov
Than Wyenn
Ambassador Gaufridi
David Clennon
Thomas Franklin
Fran Brill
Sally Hayes
Ruth Attaway
Denise DuBarry
Sam Weisman
Jerome Hellman
Gary Burns
James Noble
John Harkins
Elya Baskin


All Titles

Being There
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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