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    In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther) plays the pure-hearted Chance, a gardener forced out of moneyed seclusion and into the urban wilds of Washington, D.C., after the death of his employer. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn't respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles haplessly into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon (Oscar winner Melvyn Douglas), who mistakes his new protege's mumbling about horticulture for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife (The Apartment's Shirley MacLaine) targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this hilarious, deeply melancholy satire marks the culmination a remarkable string of films by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude) in the 1970s, and serves as a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade.

  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    PG
    Actor:
    Melvyn Douglas, Shirley Maclaine, Peter Sellers
    Director:
    Hal Ashby
    Region:
    1, A
    Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    English
    Subtitle Languages:
    English
    Run Time:
    130 mins approx.
    studio:
    CRITERION COLLECTION
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1979

Criterion Collection: Being There

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  • Description

    In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther) plays the pure-hearted Chance, a gardener forced out of moneyed seclusion and into the urban wilds of Washington, D.C., after the death of his employer. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn't respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles haplessly into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon (Oscar winner Melvyn Douglas), who mistakes his new protege's mumbling about horticulture for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife (The Apartment's Shirley MacLaine) targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this hilarious, deeply melancholy satire marks the culmination a remarkable string of films by Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude) in the 1970s, and serves as a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties, and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade.

  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    PG
    Actor:
    Melvyn Douglas, Shirley Maclaine, Peter Sellers
    Director:
    Hal Ashby
    Region:
    1, A
    Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Main Language:
    English
    Subtitle Languages:
    English
    Run Time:
    130 mins approx.
    studio:
    CRITERION COLLECTION
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1979
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