Being There is a 1979 American satire directed by Hal Ashby. Based on the 1970 novel of the same name by Jerzy Kosiński, it was adapted for the screen by Kosiński and the uncredited Robert C. Jones. The film stars Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine, and features Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, and Richard Basehart.
Middle-aged, simple-minded Chance lives in the townhouse of a wealthy old man in Washington, D.C.. He has spent his whole life tending the garden and has never left the property. Other than gardening, his knowledge is derived entirely from what he sees on television. When his benefactor dies, Chance naively tells the lawyers that he has no claim against the estate and is ordered to move out.
|author||Jerzy Kosiński Robert C. Jones|
|award||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry|
|genre||comedy-drama political satire|
|keywords||capture discover first time garden hard times imitate kiss masturbate old man pass president of the united states sapling secret service soviet soviet union talk show the thomas crown affair united states secret service wash|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|theme||black comedy the media|