Being There Poster

Release Date: May 1st, 1994

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2001

PG|2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary
Simple-minded Chance (Peter Sellers), a gardener who has resided in the Washington, D.C., townhouse of his wealthy employer for his entire life and been educated only by television, is forced to vacate his home when his boss dies. While wandering the streets, he encounters business mogul Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas), who assumes Chance to be a fellow upper-class gentleman. Soon Chance is ushered into high society, and his unaffected gardening wisdom makes him the talk of the town.

Cast: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart, James Noble, David Clennon

Director: Hal Ashby

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: NatWest Ventures, Northstar, BSB, Enigma, Lorimar Film Entertainment, CIP, Fujisankei

Distributors: United Artists, Warner Bros.

Keywords: Wife, Endearing, Witty, 1970s, Offbeat

Awards

Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Winner Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role