Being There script
Being There (1979)
Synopsis: Simple-minded Chance (Peter Sellers), a gardener who has resided in the Washington, D.C., townhouse of his wealthy employer for his entire life and been educated only by television, is forced to vacate his home when his boss dies. While wandering the streets, he encounters business mogul Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas), who assumes Chance to be a fellow upper-class gentleman. Soon Chance is ushered into high society, and his unaffected gardening wisdom makes him the talk of the town.

CHANCE:

(a turn to her)

Yes, I'm very hungry.

LOUISE:

(rises, looks upstairs)

Well, no more stewin' those prunes

every mornin', that's somethin',

I guess...

(she starts out,

stops by the door)

...What are you goin' to do now,

Chance?

CHANCE:

(gazing at TV)

I'm going to work in the garden.

Louise gives Chance another look, then turns to leave.

LOUISE:

(as she goes)

...I'll get you some eggs.

Chance nods in approval, then changes the channel on

the TV.

8INT. TOWN HOUSE - SERVANT'S STAIRWAY - MORNING

An enclosed stairway. Chance enters, proceeds up the

stairs.

9INT. TOWN HOUSE - UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - MORNING

Chance comes out of the doorway adjoining the main stair-

case. He moves off down the hall.

10INT. TOWN HOUSE - OLD MAN'S ROOM - MORNING

The furniture in this room is not covered with sheets -

but the Old Man is. There is a knock a the door, then

Chance enters the room. He stands by the bed for a moment,

Then reaches down and pulls the sheet back from the Old

Man's face. He touches the man's forehead, briefly, then

replaces the sheet. Chance moves to the the TV and turns it

on. He sits in an easy chair next to the Old Man's bed

and watches a movie from the early forties. Chance puts

an arm out, rests it on the Old Man's covered body. He

becomes absorbed in a scene in which a gentleman tips his

hat to a lady. The scene seems to have 'sunk into' his

mind.

11EXT. GARDEN - MORNING

It has stoppped snowing. Chance, wearing a hat, and a

gardening apron over his suit, putters in the garden.

Louise, dressed warmly, comes out of the main house. Chance

sees her, tips his hat exactly like the man he saw on

television.

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Jerzy Kosiński

Jerzy Kosiński (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjɛʐɨ kɔˈɕiɲskʲi]; June 14, 1933 – May 3, 1991), born Józef Lewinkopf, was an award-winning Polish-American novelist and two-time President of the American Chapter of P.E.N., who wrote primarily in English. Born in Poland, he survived World War II and, as a young man, emigrated to the U.S., where he became a citizen. more…

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