Being There



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.

  1. Jerzy Kosinski

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Hal Ashby


  3. Robert C. Jones


Top Billed Cast

  1. Peter Sellers

    Peter Sellers


  2. Shirley MacLaine

    Shirley MacLaine

    Eve Rand

  3. Melvyn Douglas

    Melvyn Douglas

    Benjamin Rand

  4. Jack Warden

    Jack Warden

    President 'Bobby'

  5. Richard Dysart

    Richard Dysart

    Dr. Robert Allenby

Full Cast & Crew

Being There
Being There



Status Released

Release Information

  • December 19, 1979


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 10m

Budget -

Revenue $30,177,511.00



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