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Being there / Warner Bros. Pictures ; Lorimar presents a Northstar International picture ; an Andrew Braunsberg production ; executive producer, Jack Schwartzman ; screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski ; produced by Andrew Braunsberg ; directed by Hal Ashby.

Format Video (DVD)
EditionDeluxe ed.; Widescreen version.
Publication InfoBurbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2009]
Description1 videodisc (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Subject(s)
Other author/creatorAshby, Hal director.
Other author/creatorBraunsberg, Andrew, producer.
Other author/creatorSchwartzman, Jack, producer.
Other author/creatorKosinski, Jerzy, 1933-1991 screenwriter.
Other author/creatorDeschanel, Caleb, 1944- cinematographer.
Other author/creatorZimmerman, Don, film editor.
Other author/creatorMandel, Johnny, composer.
Other author/creatorHaller, Michael, designer.
Other author/creatorRouth, May, costume designer.
Other author/creatorSellers, Peter, 1925-1980, actor.
Other author/creatorMacLaine, Shirley, 1934- actor.
Other author/creatorWarden, Jack actor.
Other author/creatorDouglas, Melvyn, actor.
Other author/creatorDysart, Richard, actor.
Other author/creatorBasehart, Richard, 1914-1984, actor.
Other author/creatorAttaway, Ruth actor.
Other author/creatorClennon, David, actor.
Other author/creatorBrill, Fran, actor.
Other author/creatorWarner Bros. Pictures (1969- )
Other author/creatorLorimar Film Entertainment.
Other author/creatorNorthstar International (Firm)
Other author/creatorWarner Home Video (Firm)
Abstract Chance is a secluded gardener who 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 Eve and her husband Ben. Ben is an influential, but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, as well as an unlikely political insider.
General noteBased on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski.
General noteOriginally produced as a motion picture in 1979.
General noteSpecial features: "Memories from Being there" featurette; theatrical trailer.
CreditsDirector of photography, Caleb Deschanel ; editor, Don Zimmerman ; music, Johnny Mandel ; production designer, Michael Haller ; costume designer, May Routh.
Cast Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart, Ruth Attaway, Dave Clennon, Fran Brill.
Audience MPAA rating: PG.
Technical detailsDVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital mono; dual-layer format.
LanguageIn English, dubbed French or dubbed Spanish dialogue with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH), French or Spanish subtitles.
Awards noteAcademy Awards (1980): winner for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Melvyn Douglas); nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Peter Sellers); Golden Globes (1980): winner for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy (Sellers); Best Motion Picture Actor in a Supporting Role (Douglas); nominated for Best Director - Motion Picture; Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy; Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy (Shirley MacLaine); Best Screenplay - Motion Picture (Kosinski).
Genre/formComedy films.
Genre/formFeature films.
Genre/formDrama.
Genre/formComedy films.
Genre/formFilm adaptations.
Genre/formFeature films.
Genre/formFiction films.
ISBN1419873296
ISBN9781419873294
UPC 883929037094
Publisher number2000005232 Warner Home Video

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