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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Still relevant, still funnyBy DavidLG (1 review) from Rugby , 14 Aug 2009This has to be one of Peter Seller's greatest roles. Not slapstick, like Inspector Clouseau, but a really dead-pan, impressive performance. This could easily have become a dated film, but the subject matter still feels up-to-date. It is a film to laugh at but one that, on reflection, is a bit chilling too.
Being ThereBy a customer from Stranraer , 27 Jul 2009My son recommended this one to me and, although I am a fan of Peter Sellers I must confess that I did not watch it to the end. Just not my kind of movie, I suppose.Perhaps it was too sentimental for my taste!
Genius at work...By a customer from Berkshire, UK , 17 May 2009Quite simply... you're watching a genuis at work in what is arguably his greatest ever role.
Much psycho babble has been written about this film, and for sure some Sellers fans will not appreciate it ...it's not Inspector Clouseau with grey hair!
But if you want to watch a deep, thoughtful film with a mercurial, and finely nuanced portrayal by the great Mr Sellers this is it!
Frankly, I have to be in the right frame of mind to watch this movie ...but when I am it is quite simply a treasure to behold ...a truly all-time great movie.
If ever there was a role that deserved an Oscar statuette and not just a nomination ...this is it!
Watch it, and then think to yourself... who else could have played Chancey Gardner??
Forrest Gump without the shmaltzBy RLP (3 reviews) from Hindhead , 26 Apr 2009I was expecting far less from this film than it ultimately delivered. The initial twenty minutes failed to really engage my attention but this effectively lulled me into acceptance of the improbable series of events which followed. Sellers said that this was the real him; it's the tale of a nobody who is loved by everybody in a classic 'Emperors new clothes' situation. Well worth a view.
Sellers at his bestBy a customer from Nottingham , 12 Jan 2009This has to be one of my favourite films of all time! So different to his many other films, in this PS plays such a gentle role with empathy and humility. What a shame it was his last.