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The Resource Being there, Lorimar presents ; a Northstar International picture ; an Andrew Braunsberg production ; screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski ; produced by Andrew Braunsberg ; directed by Hal Ashby

Being there, Lorimar presents ; a Northstar International picture ; an Andrew Braunsberg production ; screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski ; produced by Andrew Braunsberg ; directed by Hal Ashby

Label
Being there
Title
Being there
Statement of responsibility
Lorimar presents ; a Northstar International picture ; an Andrew Braunsberg production ; screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski ; produced by Andrew Braunsberg ; directed by Hal Ashby
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Actor
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Director of photography
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Film director
Film producer
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Production company
Production designer
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In one of his most finely tuned performances, Peter Sellers plays the pure-hearted, childlike Chance, 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 (Melvyn Douglas, in an Oscar-winning performance), who mistakes his protégé's horticultural mumblings for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife (Shirley MacLaine) targets Chance as the object of her desire. Adapted from a novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this satire, both deeply melancholy and hilarious, is the culmination of Hal Ashy's remarkable string of films in the 1970s and a carefully modulated examination of the ideals, anxieties and media-fueled delusions that shaped American culture during that decade"--Container
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TEFMT
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videorecording
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Credits note
Production designer, Michael Haller ; costumes designed by May Routh ; music, Johnny Mandel ; editor, Don Zimmerman ; director of photography, Caleb Deschanel
Intended audience
MPAA rating: PG
Language note
In English with optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PerformerNote
Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart
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  • 1933-1991
  • 1944-
  • 1925-1980
  • 1934-
  • 1914-1984
  • 1933-1991
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  • Ashby, Hal
  • Braunsberg, Andrew
  • Kosinski, Jerzy
  • Deschanel, Caleb
  • Mandel, Johnny
  • Zimmerman, Don
  • Haller, Michael
  • Routh, May
  • Sellers, Peter
  • MacLaine, Shirley
  • Warden, Jack
  • Douglas, Melvyn
  • Dysart, Richard
  • Basehart, Richard
  • Kosinski, Jerzy
  • Lorimar Productions
  • Northstar International (Firm)
  • Criterion Collection (Firm)
Runtime
130
Series statement
The Criterion collection
Series volume
864
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  • Kosinski, Jerzy
  • Gardeners
  • Social isolation
  • Political consultants
  • Business and politics
  • People with mental disabilities
  • Television viewers
  • Comedy films
  • Satirical films
  • Feature films
  • Film adaptations
  • Video recordings for the hearing impaired
  • Washington (D.C.)
Technique
live action
Label
Being there, Lorimar presents ; a Northstar International picture ; an Andrew Braunsberg production ; screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski ; produced by Andrew Braunsberg ; directed by Hal Ashby
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Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1979
  • Restored 4K digital transfer
  • Special features: 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 Show and The Don Lane Show; Promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby; Trailer and TV spots; Deleted scenes, outtakes, and an alternate ending; Plus an essay by critic Mark Harris
Accompanying material
1 folded leaflet.
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
disc one. [Feature film] -- disc two. [Special features]
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen.
Extent
2 videodiscs (130 min.)
Isbn
9781681432823
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515195317
Other physical details
DVD video, sound, color
Publisher number
  • CC2745DDVD
  • CC2745D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)971553385
  • (OCoLC)ocn971553385
  • 935382
System details
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio); Dolby Digital monaural
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Being there, Lorimar presents ; a Northstar International picture ; an Andrew Braunsberg production ; screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski ; produced by Andrew Braunsberg ; directed by Hal Ashby
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1979
  • Restored 4K digital transfer
  • Special features: 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 Show and The Don Lane Show; Promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby; Trailer and TV spots; Deleted scenes, outtakes, and an alternate ending; Plus an essay by critic Mark Harris
Accompanying material
1 folded leaflet.
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
monaural
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
disc one. [Feature film] -- disc two. [Special features]
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Dimensions
other
Edition
Widescreen.
Extent
2 videodiscs (130 min.)
Isbn
9781681432823
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
715515195317
Other physical details
DVD video, sound, color
Publisher number
  • CC2745DDVD
  • CC2745D
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)971553385
  • (OCoLC)ocn971553385
  • 935382
System details
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio); Dolby Digital monaural
Video recording format
DVD

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