Being There

Being There

Hal Ashby (1979)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Hal Ashby's satirical parable on the way the USA surrenders itself to homespun evangelicalism gives Peter Sellers the role of a lifetime as the naive, illiterate gardener thrust into an outside world that takes his ignorance for philosophical depth. TV-nurtured, he comments to a seductive Shirley MacLaine that he likes watching and gives her entirely the wrong idea. Veteran Melvyn Douglas refuses to be upstaged by Sellers and thoroughly deserved his Oscar for best supporting actor.


A simple-minded gardener who has spent his life in seclusion ventures into the outside world for the first time after his employer dies. His homespun outlook on life is mistaken for philosophical wisdom and puts him on the road to becoming a highly influential political adviser. Hal Ashby's satirical comedy, based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski, starring Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine and an Oscar-winning Melvyn Douglas.

Cast & Crew

Chance Peter Sellers
Eve Rand Shirley MacLaine
Benjamin Rand Melvyn Douglas
President, "Bobby" Jack Warden
Dr Robert Allenby Richard Dysart
Vladimir Skrapinov Richard Basehart
Louise Ruth Attaway
Thomas Franklin David Clennon
Sally Hayes Fran Brill
Johanna Franklin Denise DuBarry
Lolo, boy on corner Oteil Burbridge
Abbaz, kid with knife Ravenell Keller III
Policeman by White House Brian Corrigan
Director Hal Ashby
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for sex scenes.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray