Being There details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Peter Sellers, Richard Basehart, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Dysart|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||2 hours 4 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Feb 2009|
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Simply MovingBy tom87 from Devon , 19 Nov 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I am by no means fan of cynic cinema, excempting pardoy. I rented this film thinking it would be like the Pink Panther. First I will admit one thing
it is not laugh out loud humour!
Excempting this intial disappointment, I found this to one of the most moving and deep films I have ever seen. The story of a simple gardener who through an eagerness to join in conversation, the metaphor of gardens and a simple truth rises to political power is fantastic. The contrast of those who try to interpret him, reading into his small talk like prophecy as they endow him with the virtues he appears he should have, is so wonderful next to the story of a man tending to his plants.
The early scene where he wanders the steets in his suit, asking people for lunch because he's very hungry, is a genuinely painful moment. This simple harmless man, plunged into the depths of society's confusion and subtlety. Of course it's cynical, but the closing scene, and the mild mannered way Peter sellers playsaforesaid gardener makes this one of the best movies I have seen. Rent-Drink red wine and enjoy!
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Gigglemania. Memorable silliness.By MzBizkitz (67 reviews) , 01 Mar 2013It's rare that I give a film a five star rating but this one really found my sense of humour. Haven't laughed at a film as much as this for ages! I rented it purely on the star rating as well so I'm guessing others have enjoyed the comedy element to this film. Saying that, it's not a one dimensional film, there is something a little sad and poetic about the main character which I won't include here. Saying that the lead (Peter Sellers) is a fantastically underrated actor and this is probably one of his best performances, check it out.
Sellers GeniusBy buffyrules (368 reviews) from southend on sea , 22 Feb 2012Peter Sellers was so unbelievably talented and shows it all here in a remarkable film. He is ably assisted but its impossible to take your eyes off him. An amazing brilliant actor and a very worthy film.
Being there with humourBy a customer , 21 Feb 2012
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis is a wonderful film. It's very funny, although not in a conventional way. It's a comedy of errors and the character - the gardener - played by Peter Sellers, is a delight. Shirley Maclaine is also wonderful in her role (we don't know how she kept a straight face - quite possibly didn't).
It would be very good for anyone studying NLP to understand filtering as the other characters in the film all delete, edit and distort the information in order to fit Chance the gardener into their version of their own worlds.
The Masonic references are great. It's a good idea to listen closely to the President at the end and even watch it again.
Being somebody else...By Rottertron (32 reviews) from Hockley, Essex , 16 Nov 2011This is a cross between many (later) films in my opinion. Those being most obviously Forrest Gump and beleive it or not- Trading Places.
Its not laugh out loud funny, or particulary dramatic, but it is strangely captivating, but I don't quite know why. I'd recommend watching it, its inoffensive and different at least, is it Seller's best work? Nah, of course it isn't, but to see him in a straight role is a pleasure.
Look out for the doctor from the Thing (1982) he plays a...doctor. And also an attorney character, who is also in the Thing. I don't understand why they left their comfortable jobs, and took those posts in the antarctic.
Clever & funny snipe at shallow valuesBy rabbit1969 (42 reviews) from Cambridge, England , 20 Jan 2011I kept waiting for what they would make Peter Sellers say next, would he be exposed as mentally challenged, or would the comedy keep going, despite the huge improbability?
Shirley McLean is fantastic, although I felt for her in the scene where she tried to fulfil that need 'to watch'
Although a satiristic comment on simplistic thinking and seeing what you want to see in the world, it is funny & moving in turns.
The splendour and size of the magnate's estate is jaw-dropping, do places that really exist outside regal Europe?
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