History Film / BeingThere

17th Jun '16 1:48:14 PM bt8257
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* AdaptationExpansion ''and'' PragmaticAdaptation: The film fleshes out many of the characters and there's a significant addition in Dr. Robert Allenby, but also removes extraneous material by combining the two maids into one, dropping the Russians' attempts to figure out Chance's identity as it only duplicates the FBI/CIA search, etc.
* ArcWords:
** "I like to watch."

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* AdaptationExpansion ''and'' PragmaticAdaptation: AdaptationDistillation[=/=]AdaptationExpansion[=/=]PragmaticAdaptation: The film fleshes out many of the characters and there's a significant addition in Dr. Robert Allenby, but also removes extraneous material by combining combines the two maids into one, dropping one and drops the Russians' attempts to figure out Chance's identity as it only duplicates the FBI/CIA search, etc.
* ArcWords:
**
ArcWords: "I like to watch."
3rd Jun '16 5:44:02 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* {{Asexuality}}: Chance has no knowledge of sex, nor does he seem interested in it at all. Hilarity ensures when Eve tries to seduce him, but Chance, unbeknownst to her, is much more interested in watching television.
25th Apr '16 5:23:22 PM lledsmar
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This also qualifies as:
25th Apr '16 9:09:15 AM Eagal
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This 1971 Jerzy Kosinski novella is now [[Main/AdaptationDisplacement better known]] for its 1979 film adaptation, directed by Hal Ashby, starring Creator/PeterSellers, Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, and Melvyn Douglas.

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This 1971 Jerzy Kosinski novella is now [[Main/AdaptationDisplacement [[AdaptationDisplacement better known]] for its 1979 film adaptation, directed by Hal Ashby, starring Creator/PeterSellers, Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, and Melvyn Douglas.



Arguably the reader most touched by this successful satire was actor Peter Sellers, who 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 Film/ThePinkPanther series were largely to reestablish 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]], and regarded by some fans as well as himself as his SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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Arguably the reader most Actor Peter Sellers was particularly touched by this successful satire was actor Peter Sellers, who 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 Film/ThePinkPanther series were largely to reestablish 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]], and regarded by some fans as well as himself as his SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
posthumously[[/note]].



* AdamAndOrEve
* AdaptationalAttractiveness and InformedAttractiveness: The former is inverted with Chance -- when you think of a combination of Cary Grant and early-'70s Ted Kennedy, a graying, overweight Peter Sellers is ''not'' who comes to mind. As a result, the latter is invoked when the senator's wife tells Eve that "He's very, very sexy!" (That said, there are Sellers fangirls who ''do'' find Chance extremely attractive.)

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* AdamAndOrEve
* AdaptationalAttractiveness
AdamAndOrEve: Eve, who accidentally hits Chance with her limo and InformedAttractiveness: The former is inverted invites him to stay at her mansion/hospital to recover.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted
with Chance -- when you think of a combination of Cary Grant and early-'70s Ted Kennedy, a graying, overweight Peter Sellers is ''not'' who comes to mind. As a result, the latter is invoked when the senator's wife tells Eve that "He's very, very sexy!" (That said, there are Sellers fangirls who ''do'' find Chance extremely attractive.)mind.



* EqualOpportunityEvil: {{Averted}} with an all-black street gang.



* TheFilmOfTheBook

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* TheFilmOfTheBookTheFilmOfTheBook: A film was made based on the book; it's probably the better known of the two.



* GainaxEnding: In the film version only, Chance discovers he can walk on water.



* InformedAttractiveness: This is invoked when the senator's wife tells Eve that "He's very, very sexy!" Sellers is probably not traditionally attractive.



* MadwomanInTheAttic: Chance.

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* %%* MadwomanInTheAttic: Chance.Chance.
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* MayDecemberRomance: Eve and Ben.

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* %%* MayDecemberRomance: Eve and Ben.



* MysteriousPast: {{Played straight}} and {{parodied}}. The novel establishes that Chance doesn't know who his father is; he was told his mother died in childbirth. Parodied in that the CIA, FBI, and so on are trying to track down "Chauncey Gardiner's" background, but can't come up with anything because there is no birth certificate, etc. for Gardiner to be tracked with. [[Main/FridgeBrilliance Having been isolated so completely from the world, Chance likely doesn't have any of these things anyway!]]

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* MysteriousPast: {{Played straight}} and {{parodied}}. The novel establishes that Chance doesn't know who his father is; he was told his mother died in childbirth. Parodied in that the CIA, FBI, and so on are trying to track down "Chauncey Gardiner's" background, but can't come up with anything because there is no birth certificate, etc. for Gardiner to be tracked with. [[Main/FridgeBrilliance Having been isolated so completely from the world, Chance likely doesn't have any of these things anyway!]]anyway!



* ParentalAbandonment: Chance's mother [[Main/DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] according to the novella, and the (largely absent) father figure of The Old Man dies early on. Creator/RogerEbert speculated Chance was actually the Old Man's son.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Chance's mother [[Main/DeathByChildbirth [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] according to the novella, and the (largely absent) father figure of The Old Man dies early on. Creator/RogerEbert speculated Chance was actually the Old Man's son.



* TwistEnding: Only in the film version. In the final shot Chance wanders out to a lake, and it's revealed he can Walk On Water. ''He's surprised too.'' This also qualifies as:
** AchievementsInIgnorance: One interpretation.
** GainaxEnding
** MagicRealism

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* TwistEnding: Only in the film version. In the final shot Chance wanders out to a lake, and it's revealed he can Walk On Water. ''He's surprised too.'' This also qualifies as:
** AchievementsInIgnorance: One interpretation.
** GainaxEnding
** MagicRealism
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-->'''Doctor Allenby''': This won't hurt a bit. [Sticks Chance with a needle]
-->'''Chance the Gardener''': It did hurt.

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-->'''Doctor Allenby''': This won't hurt a bit. [Sticks Chance with a needle]
-->'''Chance
needle]\\
'''Chance
the Gardener''': It did hurt.
6th Apr '16 10:53:47 AM hullflyer
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* OnlySaneMan: Dr. Allenby is the only person who suspects that Chance is not a man of profound wisdom, and is able to learn the truth. He keeps it too himself, preferring not to upset people's perceptions.

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* OnlySaneMan: Dr. Allenby is the only person who suspects that Chance is not a man of profound wisdom, and is able to learn the truth. He keeps it too to himself, preferring to not to upset people's perceptions.
6th Apr '16 10:51:07 AM hullflyer
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* IceCreamKoan: Chance's "wise sayings". Unlike most examples of this trope, however, it is neither played for laughs nor because the author is trying and failing to sound deep and wise. In this case, the author is deliberately using phrases that ''can'' sound deep and introspective but really aren't.

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* IceCreamKoan: Chance's "wise sayings". Unlike most examples of this trope, however, it is neither played for laughs nor because the author is trying and failing to sound deep and wise. In this case, the author is deliberately using phrases that ''can'' sound deep and introspective but really aren't. The point is that the people around him, who are big-time movers and shakers, and who ''should'' be very intelligent and capable of seeing through the ultimate shallowness of his statements, are the ones who think he's making insightful observations.



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27th Feb '16 6:46:56 PM redandready45
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* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Averted. While this movie is often lumped in with ''Film/ForrestGump'' and ''Film/RainMan'' (as in ''Film/TropicThunder''), Chance's mental disability is ''not'' key to his success or inspiring others. He's just '''extremely''' lucky, and the others are '''extremely''' gullible. This aversion is much more prominent in the novel, whose overall tone is somewhat more contemptuous. Chance is intellectually disabled, and the fact that the bourgeoisie see him as anything more reveals their own decadence and degeneracy. Also an UnbuiltTrope since it inspired many of these types of films.

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* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Averted. [[UnbuiltTrope While this movie is often lumped in in]] with ''Film/ForrestGump'' and ''Film/RainMan'' (as in ''Film/TropicThunder''), Chance's mental disability is ''not'' key to his success or inspiring others. He's just '''extremely''' lucky, and the others are '''extremely''' gullible. This aversion is much more prominent in the novel, whose overall tone is somewhat more contemptuous. Chance is intellectually disabled, and the fact that the bourgeoisie see him as anything more reveals their own decadence and degeneracy. Also an UnbuiltTrope since it inspired many of these types of films.
21st Jan '16 2:17:42 PM WoodyAlien3rd
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** Because the title doesn't translate well, non-English-speaking territories changed it, usually into a ProtagonistTitle. ''Chance the Gardener'' was probably the most popular of these, but there were others: ''Bienvenue Mister Chance'' (French) and ''Chance'' (Japanese; also a DoubleMeaningTitle); ''In The Garden'' was utilized in some South American countries.

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** Because the title doesn't translate well, non-English-speaking territories changed it, usually into a ProtagonistTitle. ''Chance the Gardener'' was probably the most popular of these, but there were others: ''Bienvenue Mister Chance'' (French) and ''Chance'' (Japanese; also a DoubleMeaningTitle); ''In The Garden'' was utilized in some South American countries. Italy used ''Oltre il giardino'', or "Beyond the Garden".
14th Nov '15 7:08:07 PM nombretomado
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* ParentalAbandonment: Chance's mother [[Main/DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] according to the novella, and the (largely absent) father figure of The Old Man dies early on. RogerEbert speculated Chance was actually the Old Man's son.

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* ParentalAbandonment: Chance's mother [[Main/DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] according to the novella, and the (largely absent) father figure of The Old Man dies early on. RogerEbert Creator/RogerEbert speculated Chance was actually the Old Man's son.
8th Nov '15 3:54:30 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* TheFool: Chance is the classic version. He might be simple-minded, but he has plenty of good fortune to make up for it.

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* TheFool: Chance is as close to the classic version.version as it gets. He might be simple-minded, but he has plenty of good fortune to make up for it.
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