Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby, adapted from the 1971 novella written by Jerzy Kosiński. The film stars Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard A. Dysart, and Richard Basehart. Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Sellers was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. This was the last Peter Sellers film to be released while he was alive.
The story follows the blessed path of Chancy the gardener, a man of mysterious roots who speaks in parables and through blind chance finds himself on the path to absolute power.
Peter Sellers walks through the city after years of isolation
Chancy the gardener
Peter Sellers, stunningly handsome, as Chancy the gardener
Chancy encounters youths on the city streets
Melvyn Douglas in Being There
Melvyn Douglas in Being there
Shirley MacLaine in Being There
Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine in Being There
Chancy Gardener is headed for the White House in Being There
Shirley Temple is (almost) overcome with lust in Being There
Peter Sellers in Being There
Melvyn Douglas is laid to rest in Being There
Peter Sellers walks on water in the closing scene of Being There