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Being there


Hal Ashby

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Two-DVD special edition.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart, Ruth Attaway, Dave Clennon, Fran Brill.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2017]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (130 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded sheet (color illustrations ; 19 cm.)


MPAA rating: PG.


Chance is a gardener who is forced into the wilds of Washington, D.C., when his wealthy guardian dies. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn't respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon who mistakes his protégé's horticultural mumblings for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife targets Chance as the object of her desire.


Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1979.

Special features: New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by cinematographer Caleb Deschanel ; new documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team ; excerpts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar with director Hal Ashby ; author Jerzy Kosinksi in a 1979 appearance on The Dick Cavett Show ; appearances from 1980 by actor Peter Sellers on NBC's Today and The Don Lane Show ; promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby ; trailer and TV spots ; deleted scenes, outtakes, and alternate ending.

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