Being There

Format DVD Video Type Movie
Length 130 minutes Genre Comedy, Drama
Production Year 1979 Library Index A01:088
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Director(s) Hal Ashby  Cast Richard Basehart  - Vladimir Skrapinov
Melvyn Douglas  - Benjamin Rand
Richard Dysart  - Dr. Robert Allenby
Shirley MacLaine  - Eve Rand
Peter Sellers  - Chance the Gardener
Jack Warden  - President Bobby
Synopsis A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of a woman (Eve) and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.
Oscar Wins 1980 Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Melvyn Douglas
Nominations 1980 Oscar: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Peter Sellers