Thanks to an extraordinary, delicately balanced performance by Peter Sellers, Being There received mixed reviews during its theatrical release in 1979, but has since become a celebrated comedy with a loyal following. It's one of the most unusual black comedies ever made, simply because it stretches a simple premise over 130 minutes of straight-faced, strangely compelling commentary on politics, media, and celebrity in media-savvy America. Adapted by Jerzy Kozinsky from his own novel, the movie's about a simple-minded, middle-aged gardener who, after a lifetime of seclusion and safety in a Washington, D.C. townhouse, gets his first exposure to reality beyond the walls of his sheltered existence. His only reference to the world is through his childlike addiction to television, and when a chance encounter brings him into the inner fold of a dying billionaire (Melvyn Douglas), he suddenly finds himself the toast of Washington's political elite. His simple phrases about gardening are misinterpreted as anything from economic predictions to sage political advice, and under the sharp direction of Hal Ashby, Sellers has the audacity to take this comedic conceit to its logical extreme. Being There is not for all tastes--especially not for those who don't appreciate comedic subtlety. But as a showcase for the daring genius of Peter Sellers, this is a classic movie in a category all its own. --Jeff Shannon
I bought it because of Peter Seller, and have not seen this movie for a long time. Very good acting, and a funny plot.Published 4 months ago by Scarberian
Peter Sellers' last movie. You can check the plot on IMDB or Wikipedia, so I won't cover that. The quality of the blu-ray is excellent. The acting is really excellent. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Keith Smith
And yet I can't believe this movie is better than nearly every other movie out there.
I imagine everyone who took part in Forrest Gump was instructed to watch this film. Read more
I know I'm swimming upstream against the flow of positive reviews, but I really didn't like this movie. It seemed quite creepy to me. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2013 by George Jones
great film, peter sellers is awesome in the lead and really makes you wonder... i recommend it to all, in fact i recommend it to all schools as mandatory so all kids could... Read morePublished on April 10 2013 by F. Marra
I discovered this film only 7 years ago when I caught the Peter Sellers Bug after watching "The Party". Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2011 by Miracle Max