History Film / BeingThere

10th Apr '18 7:35:19 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ArcWords: "I like to watch."

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"I like to watch."
8th Mar '18 8:48:08 PM Mdumas43073
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Actor Peter Sellers was particularly touched by this successful satire; he heavily identified with Chance's fate to be only what others want/need him to be. He was determined to play the role in a film, which took about seven years to get off the ground, as his star had fallen far by the early 1970s. Thus, the latter entries he did in ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series were largely to re-establish his bankability and reputation. Between this and director Hal Ashby's own rising star (Sellers was a fan of ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' and immediately pegged him to direct) by way of films like ''Shampoo'' and ''Coming Home'' the film finally arrived in 1979. It is a close adaptation of the book, albeit with some significant expansion and, perhaps most famously, a TwistEnding. It is also Sellers' penultimate film[[note]] his last, ''The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'', was released posthumously[[/note]].

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Actor Peter Sellers was particularly touched by this successful satire; he heavily identified with Chance's fate to be only what others want/need him to be. He was determined to play the role in a film, which took about seven years to get off the ground, as his star had fallen far by the early 1970s. Thus, the latter entries he did in ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series were largely to re-establish his bankability and reputation. Between this and director Hal Ashby's own rising star (Sellers was a fan of ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' and immediately pegged him to direct) by way of films like ''Shampoo'' and ''Coming Home'' the film finally arrived in 1979. It is a close adaptation of the book, albeit with some significant expansion and, perhaps most famously, a TwistEnding. It is also Sellers' penultimate film[[note]] his film.[[note]]His last, ''The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'', ''Film/TheFiendishPlotOfDrFuManchu'', was released posthumously[[/note]].
posthumously.[[/note]]
8th Mar '18 8:46:52 PM Mdumas43073
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Soon enough, he is accidentally struck by a limousine and his leg is injured. The passenger, Eve Rand ([=MacLaine=]), happens to be the wife of an elderly, dying financial titan, Ben (Douglas); since his mansion is now partially set up as a hospital, she invites Chance to recover there. On the ride over, she mishears his name as "Chauncey Gardiner". Though honest by nature, he doesn't realize she's making a mistake, and things snowball from there. Both Eve and Ben take a shine to this ruined businessman (well, that's what they think he is - he has such nice clothes, and is so polite), and the latter introduces him to the President of the United States (Jack Warden). When asked what he thinks of the current economic climate, Chance confused and grasping at the word "growth" replies with the quote above. Both men are impressed, and soon Chauncey Gardiner has become one of the most powerful people in America, if not the world...

Actor Peter Sellers was particularly touched by this successful satire; he heavily identified with Chance's fate to be only what others want/need him to be. He was determined to play the role in a film, which took about seven years to get off the ground as his star had fallen far by the early 1970s. Thus, the latter entries he did in ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series were largely to re-establish his bankability and reputation. Between this and director Hal Ashby's own rising star (Sellers was a fan of ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' and immediately pegged him to direct) by way of films like ''Shampoo'' and ''Coming Home'' the film finally arrived in 1979. It is a close adaptation of the book, albeit with some significant expansion and, perhaps most famously, a TwistEnding. It is also Sellers' penultimate film[[note]] his last, ''The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'', was released posthumously[[/note]].

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Soon enough, he is accidentally struck by a limousine and his leg is injured. The passenger, Eve Rand ([=MacLaine=]), happens to be the wife of an elderly, dying financial titan, Ben (Douglas); since his mansion is now partially set up as a hospital, she invites Chance to recover there. On the ride over, she mishears his name as "Chauncey Gardiner". Though honest by nature, he doesn't realize she's making a mistake, and things snowball from there. Both Eve and Ben take a shine to this ruined businessman (well, that's what they think he is - is; he has such nice clothes, and is so polite), and the latter introduces him to the President of the United States (Jack Warden). When asked what he thinks of the current economic climate, Chance confused and grasping at the word "growth" replies with the quote above. Both men are impressed, and soon Chauncey Gardiner has become one of the most powerful people in America, if not the world...

Actor Peter Sellers was particularly touched by this successful satire; he heavily identified with Chance's fate to be only what others want/need him to be. He was determined to play the role in a film, which took about seven years to get off the ground ground, as his star had fallen far by the early 1970s. Thus, the latter entries he did in ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series were largely to re-establish his bankability and reputation. Between this and director Hal Ashby's own rising star (Sellers was a fan of ''Film/HaroldAndMaude'' and immediately pegged him to direct) by way of films like ''Shampoo'' and ''Coming Home'' the film finally arrived in 1979. It is a close adaptation of the book, albeit with some significant expansion and, perhaps most famously, a TwistEnding. It is also Sellers' penultimate film[[note]] his last, ''The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu'', was released posthumously[[/note]].
8th Mar '18 8:46:07 PM Mdumas43073
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Soon enough, he is accidentally struck by a limousine and his leg is injured. The passenger, Eve Rand ([=MacLaine=]), happens to be the wife of an elderly, dying financial titan, Ben (Douglas); since his mansion is now partially set up as a hospital, she invites Chance to recover there. On the ride over, she mishears his name as "Chauncey Gardiner". Though honest by nature, he doesn't realize she's making a mistake, and things snowball from there. Both Eve and Ben take a shine to this ruined businessman (well, that's what they think he is - he has such nice clothes, and is so polite), and the latter introduces him to the President of the United States (Jack Warden). When asked him what he thinks of the current economic climate, Chance confused and grasping at the word "growth" replies with the quote above. Both men are impressed, and soon Chauncey Gardiner has become one of the most powerful people in America, if not the world...

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Soon enough, he is accidentally struck by a limousine and his leg is injured. The passenger, Eve Rand ([=MacLaine=]), happens to be the wife of an elderly, dying financial titan, Ben (Douglas); since his mansion is now partially set up as a hospital, she invites Chance to recover there. On the ride over, she mishears his name as "Chauncey Gardiner". Though honest by nature, he doesn't realize she's making a mistake, and things snowball from there. Both Eve and Ben take a shine to this ruined businessman (well, that's what they think he is - he has such nice clothes, and is so polite), and the latter introduces him to the President of the United States (Jack Warden). When asked him what he thinks of the current economic climate, Chance confused and grasping at the word "growth" replies with the quote above. Both men are impressed, and soon Chauncey Gardiner has become one of the most powerful people in America, if not the world...
8th Mar '18 8:45:12 PM Mdumas43073
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Chance the Gardener is a middle-aged, mentally-challenged man who has never been outside of the elegant townhouse he lives in, by orders of its owner "The Old Man". He has only two pastimes in life: gardening and watching television. Not long after the story opens the Old Man is discovered dead. In the aftermath Chance is told by the lawyers who have come to close the house - and who have no record of a gardener employed there, much less living there - that he must leave. Thus, he packs a suitcase of clothes (all hand-me-downs from the Old Man) and his remote control and heads out into the world. Soon enough, he is accidentally struck by a limousine and his leg is injured. The passenger, Eve Rand, happens to be the wife of an elderly, dying financial titan, Ben; since his mansion is now partially set up as a hospital, she invites Chance to recover there. On the ride over, she mishears his name as "Chauncey Gardiner". Though honest by nature, he doesn't realize she's making a mistake, and things snowball from there. Both Eve and Ben take a shine to this ruined businessman (well, that's what they think he is - he has such nice clothes, and is so polite), and the latter introduces him to the President of the United States. When asked him what he thinks of the current economic climate, Chance - confused and grasping at the word "growth" -- replies with the quote above. Both men are impressed, and soon Chauncey Gardiner has become one of the most powerful people in America, if not the world...

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Chance the Gardener (Sellers) is a middle-aged, mentally-challenged man who has never been outside of the elegant townhouse he lives in, by orders of its owner "The Old Man". He has only two pastimes in life: gardening and watching television. Not long after the story opens the Old Man is discovered dead. In the aftermath Chance is told by the lawyers who have come to close the house - and who have no record of a gardener employed there, much less living there - that he must leave. Thus, he packs a suitcase of clothes (all hand-me-downs from the Old Man) and his remote control and heads out into the world.

Soon enough, he is accidentally struck by a limousine and his leg is injured. The passenger, Eve Rand, Rand ([=MacLaine=]), happens to be the wife of an elderly, dying financial titan, Ben; Ben (Douglas); since his mansion is now partially set up as a hospital, she invites Chance to recover there. On the ride over, she mishears his name as "Chauncey Gardiner". Though honest by nature, he doesn't realize she's making a mistake, and things snowball from there. Both Eve and Ben take a shine to this ruined businessman (well, that's what they think he is - he has such nice clothes, and is so polite), and the latter introduces him to the President of the United States. States (Jack Warden). When asked him what he thinks of the current economic climate, Chance - confused and grasping at the word "growth" -- replies with the quote above. Both men are impressed, and soon Chauncey Gardiner has become one of the most powerful people in America, if not the world...
6th Feb '18 9:59:56 AM smasll_lordvoice
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: At the end of the movie, Chance [[spoiler: walks on water]], seemingly because nobody told him he couldn't.
14th Dec '17 12:21:51 PM WildeOscar
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** Bad -- (Movie only) The lawyers who come to close the house are a male-female duo who are carrying on an affair behind the back of the man's wife (who is getting suspicious).

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** Bad -- (Movie only) The lawyers who come to close the house are a male-female duo who are carrying on an affair behind the back of the man's wife or girlfriend, the credits themselves aren't sure which (who is getting suspicious).
6th Nov '17 2:02:53 PM LongTallShorty64
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This 1971 Jerzy Kosinski novella is now [[AdaptationDisplacement better known]] for its 1979 film adaptation, directed by Creator/HalAshby, starring Creator/PeterSellers, Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, and Melvyn Douglas.

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This 1971 Jerzy Kosinski novella is now [[AdaptationDisplacement better known]] for its 1979 film adaptation, directed by Creator/HalAshby, starring Creator/PeterSellers, Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, and Melvyn Douglas.
Creator/MelvynDouglas.
16th Sep '17 8:01:42 AM Malady
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* AlsoSprachZarathustra: In the film, the funky jazz CoverVersion by Eumir Deodato (a big pop hit in 1973) plays when Chance leaves the townhouse.
1st Sep '17 4:00:31 PM jamespolk
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* BrickJoke: The message to Raphael that Chance is told to deliver. [[spoiler: A brick joke ''twice over'' thanks to the HilariousOuttakes.]]

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* BrickJoke: The message to Raphael that Chance is told to deliver. [[spoiler: A brick joke ''twice over'' thanks to the HilariousOuttakes.]]



* CreatorInJoke: When Chance watches ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1968'' on TV. That movie was co-edited by the movie's director, Hal Ashby.

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* CreatorInJoke: When Chance watches ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1968'' ''Film/{{The Thomas Crown Affair|1968}}'' on TV. That movie was co-edited by the movie's director, Hal Ashby.



* EndingMemorialService: The final sequence takes place during one [[spoiler: for Ben Rand]].

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* EndingMemorialService: The final sequence takes place during one [[spoiler: for Ben Rand]].Rand.



%%* MayDecemberRomance: Eve and Ben.

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%%* * MayDecemberRomance: Eve and Ben.is quite a bit younger than her aged husband Ben, but really does love him.



* OrbitalKiss: Basis for a big sight gag. Chance is watching ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1968'' on TV and this trope is about to ensue in that film. When Eve enters, needing him, he kisses her the same way that Steve [=McQueen=] is kissing Faye Dunaway. When that scene goes orbital, he tries his best to keep up...''by spinning himself and Eve around''.

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* OrbitalKiss: Basis for a big sight gag. Chance is watching ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1968'' ''Film/{{The Thomas Crown Affair|1968}}'' on TV and this trope is about to ensue in that film. When Eve enters, needing him, he kisses her the same way that Steve [=McQueen=] Creator/SteveMcQueenActor is kissing Faye Dunaway. When that scene goes orbital, he tries his best to keep up...''by spinning himself and Eve around''.
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