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Being There / Bienvenue Mister Chance (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

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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


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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I bought such an old movie... March 10 2014
By Blee
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. Peter Sellers character seems to be the original Gump. Need I say more? If you enjoyed Forrest Gump, this has gotta' be where they got the idea from.
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2.0 out of 5 stars weird Nov. 23 2013
By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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. I suppose I was supposed to get on the bandwagon and poke government in the eye, but that wasn't even what stood out to me. It was the weird way people reacted to "Chance" and how they saw what they wanted to see, and heard what they wanted to hear. I just don't see our society as all painted with that kind of brush. So, if you're a dyed-in-the-wool cynic, I suppose this story might tickle your funny-bone. As I said, good acting and all that aside, I thought it was just plain weird.
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4.0 out of 5 stars peter sellers is great April 10 2013
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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 experience the life of a butler... stay in school kids!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sellers shines Feb. 29 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Being There (1979)
Drama, Comedy, 130 minutes
Directed by Hal Ashby
Starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and Melvyn Douglas

Being There is an unusual movie which is told in an understated way. The events unfold slowly and the viewer is left to reflect on any meaning. Peter Sellers stars as Chance. He tends the garden of an old man and is left homeless when the man dies. The relationship is never explained. Is he the man's son?

The story takes off when Chance leaves the comfort of the only surroundings he has ever known and enters the real world. He is a simple man and apparently doesn't understand the concept of lying. When someone tells him anything, he takes it literally. He suffers a minor injury when a car hits him and the owner, Eve (MacLaine), offers to have him checked out by her doctor.

Although Chance knows nothing of the real world and just talks about his former job as a gardener, others take his words to heart and think that he's using metaphors. It's funny to see how much of an impact his innocent remarks have on the people around him.

Sellers was nominated for his performance and Melvyn Douglas won an Oscar for his portrayal of Eve's dying husband.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Sellers was the best! Nov. 10 2009
By K. HALE
Format:DVD
Seeing this film again after so many years really made me appreciate just what a marvelous actor Peter Sellers was. We lost the Master very suddenly and there will never be anyone like him.

Playing a straight-man is hard work, especially when he must also play the part with such innocence and subdued intelligence. What makes this so entertaining are the reactions of those around "Chance" (or Chauncy) particularly the President and his cohorts. It's beautiful that only one person is actually "clued in" by the end of the film, and he's smart enough to leave well enough alone.

I won't give anything away here, suffice to say this is the pinnacle of Peter Sellers's skills as an actor, as clearly illustrated by the one scene's outtakes during the credits. It was the only scene that he could not do with a straight face and shows just how much of a character Peter Sellers truly was.

Enjoy the film. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm very hungry June 22 2004
Format:DVD
My wife and I tend to quote lines from this wonderful movie, much like I do on the golf course with Caddy Shack lines. As Caddy Shack is to golf, Being There is to life: a delightful comedy but with meaning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Sellers Best Screen Performance Oct. 31 2011
By Miracle Max TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I discovered this film only 7 years ago when I caught the Peter Sellers Bug after watching "The Party".

This film is easily one of the best films to ever hit the silver screen. It will move you in such a way that you will be left speachless and quiet for a couple of hours after it's done. The film is loaded with wonderful hidden themes and messages that really cause the viewer to question the world around them in a very good a positive way.

The writing and producing is top notch, and in my opinion simply "Brilliant."

Peter Sellers character is that of Chauncey(Chance)Gardiner. He is an innocently reclusive individual who has spent his entire life confined to the inside of one single house without any knowledge of the outside world or that it even exists. Being raised since birth by the "old man" and the household Maid, His duties are to simply take care of the garden in the back yard and do some light cleaning duties around the house. When the old man suddenly dies and the deed of the house is taken by a law firm, Chauncey finds himself alone with nothing more than several TV sets that are spread out in various parts of the house.

He is soon forced to leave the safe and familiar confines of this house and venture out into the world. Armed only with a TV remote control Chauncey steps out of the front door of the house for the very first time in his life to discover a very real and different world than the one he has only seen on television sets. This sequence is set brilliantly without any spoken word to a Disco/funk version of 2010 a space odyssey by Brazillian musician Deodato.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Sellers Best Screen Performance........ Hands Down
I discovered this film only 7 years ago when I caught the Peter Sellers Bug after watching "The Party". Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2011 by Miracle Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and unique
Sellers plays a man who is a complete blank, seemingly mentally handicapped, having spent his whole life working as a
gardener, his only real enjoyment being watching TV. Read more
Published on June 6 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and unique
Sellers plays a man who is a complete blank, seemingly mentally handicapped, having spent his whole life working as a
gardener, his only real enjoyment being watching TV. Read more
Published on June 6 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and unique
Sellers plays a man who is a complete blank, seemingly mentally handicapped, having spent his whole life working as a
gardener, his only real enjoyment being watching TV. Read more
Published on June 6 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price....fast service!
I was so thrilled to find this on Amazon....could not find anywhere else. Best movie ever!

Arrived quickly and exactly as displayed in ad. Really pleased!
Published on Feb. 19 2011 by Northwest Designer
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart, stylized and funny personal film-making
Hal Ashby is a great director. This is a good introduction to his work. His films are very personal and very recognizable. They feel honest and heartfelt. Read more
Published on Dec 20 2010 by nobody
5.0 out of 5 stars Two movies in one!
This is really two different movies. Most viewers will watch the DVD up until the credits start, hit the Stop and Eject buttons and will have seen one, admittedly excellent,... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by William F Santiff
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