Being There

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Sellers' performance - as the innocent neuter figure who rises accidentally to political power on the strength of vacant homilies - is remarkable. But Ashby's direction is marred by the same softness that made The Last Detail and Coming Home so morally bland. What emerges in the end is a strange ambiguity of attitude to the American political system and a hollow humour about cultural values. The cinema of cynicism, really.

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Duration: 130 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hal Ashby
Screenwriter: Jerzy Kosinki
Cast: Shirley MacLaine
Peter Sellers
Melvyn Douglas
Richard Dysart
Richard Basehart
Jack Warden