Being There

Being There (1979)

Getting there is half the fun; being there is all of it!

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date: 1979-12-19
  • User Rating: 7.616/10 from 830 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 10min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: United Artists
  • Production Country: Germany, United States of America
  • Director: Hal Ashby
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A simple-minded gardener named Chance 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.

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  • Peter Sellers

    as Chance
  • Shirley MacLaine

    as Eve Rand
  • Melvyn Douglas

    as Benjamin Rand
  • Jack Warden

    as President 'Bobby'
  • Richard Dysart

    as Dr. Robert Allenby
  • Richard Basehart

    as Vladimir Skrapinov
  • Ruth Attaway

    as Louise
  • David Clennon

    as Thomas Franklin
  • Fran Brill

    as Sally Hayes
  • Denise DuBarry

    as Johanna Franklin
  • Alice Hirson

    as First Lady
  • Jerome Hellman

    as Gary Burns
  • John Harkins

    as Sidney Courtney
  • James Noble

    as Kaufman
  • Mitch Kreindel

    as Dennis Watson
  • Oteil Burbridge

    as Lolo
  • Richard Venture

    as Wilson
  • Sam Weisman

    as Colson
  • Elya Baskin

    as Karpatov
  • Hal Ashby

    as Man at File Cabinet at the Washington Post (uncredited)
Production Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Production Charles Mulvehill Producer
Production Charles Mulvehill Associate Producer
Directing Hal Ashby Director
Art Michael D. Haller Production Design
Camera Caleb Deschanel Director of Photography
Sound Johnny Mandel Original Music Composer
Editing Don Zimmerman Editor
Costume & Make-Up May Routh Costume Design
Sound Frank E. Warner Supervising Sound Effects Editor
Writing Robert C. Jones Screenplay
Production Andrew Braunsberg Producer
Writing Jerzy Kosiński Screenplay
Writing Jerzy Kosiński Novel
Production Jack Schwartzman Executive Producer
Costume & Make-Up Frank Westmore Makeup Artist
Sound Donald O. Mitchell Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Charles H. Schram Makeup Artist
Sound Jeff Wexler Sound Mixer