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.


...Well, ain't you the gentleman

this morning...

(a pause)

...I'm gonna go now, Chance...


(resumes working)



You're gonna need somebody, some

one's gotta be around for you...

(he keeps working)

...You oughta find yourself a

lady, Chance...

(she smiles slightly,

with caring)

...But I guess it oughta be an

old lady, 'cause you ain't gonna

do a young one any good, not with

that little thing of yours...

(she reaches out,

puts a hand on his


...You're always gonna be a little

boy ain't you?

(he smiles, keeps


...Goodbye, Chance...

Lousie hugs and kisses Chance, then turns to go.


(as she goes)

Goodbye, Louise.

Louise waves as she enters the townhouse. Chance tips

his hat once again as she disappears.


Louise enters the hallway, picks up a couple of suit-

cases waiting by the door. She stops as she sees TWO

Men carrying a stretcher down the main staircase. A

THIRD MAN, a mortician, follows behind.


...He used to be a big man...

'Spose he wasted away to about


(a beat - then

she talks to the

body of the Old


I guess I'll be goin' off to

find me some folks, Old Man...

I'm not batty enough to stay

around this neighborhood any


The stretcher bearers move to the front door. Louise

steps in front of them.


Wait up! I'm goin' out that

door first.

Louise takes one more look at the covered body, then

openes the front door, leaves.


Chance's pocketwatch chimes as he looks at it. He

removes his gardner's apron as he walks toward the


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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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