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Being There (1979)

USA 130m, Colour
Director: Hal Ashby; Cast: Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart

Being There is a wonderful film starring Peter Sellers as Chance – a simple minded gardener who had never been outside the walls of his Washington D.C. home – until his protector – “the old man” dies and he is thrust into a world he had only enjoyed watching on television. In this respect, Chance was the prototype for cinema’s most famous overachiever: Forrest Gump. Ultimately, it’s the child-like worldviews of these characters which free them from their own limitations, and which contribute to their likability. Despite the improbability of the events, including a meeting with the President of the United States where Chance provides advice on the economy – the excellent screenplay and fine performances  are convincing enough to suspend one’s own disbelief (Klaus Ming January 2010).

2 comments on “Being There (1979)

  1. Derrick

    where can i find a copy of this movie in town?

  2. klausming

    CD Plus at the Avalon Mall – $5.99! Pop-case with no special features – but hard to find otherwise.

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This entry was posted on 01/18/2010 by in 1001 List, 1970s, All, Top 100 and tagged .
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