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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A ClassicBy dando2 (23 reviews) from Ormskirk , 27 Jun 2007I remember seeing this film when i was about 1am on bbc2 and being blown away even though it didnt make me scream out laughing. appart from the obvious airplane and dumb & dumber i like comedy where it isnt pushed into your face and you decide what is funny and why. this is a prime example. some of the humour is so subtle its hardly there. its awesome and fantasticly acted. the fact that peter sellers didnt get an oscar for this is a crime. it also has a great sentimental centre.
a real classic and i would recomend to anyone.
dullBy James from Norwich , 13 May 2007understated to the point of inducing catatonia. it's also massively unconvincing that the sellers' character is able to pull off his 'social charms' when clearly he is closer to being retarded than full of philosophical wisdom. ultimately, extremely boring.
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Stands the test of timeBy a customer from Liverpool , 20 Feb 2007Hadnt seen this for a million years and wasnt sure if it had stood the test of time or not. But I reckon it has. Still funny, still a great performance by Sellers, by being understated for once. Stretches credulity a bit sometimes, but still enjoyed it.
A Gentle, Endearing & wryly comic movieBy a customer from Suffolk, England , 29 Oct 2006A quirky, warm hearted, gentle and affecting movie that engages one with the simple, steady, good-natured and patient innocence of the lead character, who reminds us that simple earthly wisdom should not be forgotten in politics and big business. A rewarding watch if you are in the mood for a more gentle film.
Exceptional SellersBy a customer from Preston , 20 Sep 2006This film was incredible as some how this very slow, repetitve film is still very enjoyable and well worth a watch if you have a couple of hours to spare.