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DVD - 2017

Chance is a pure-hearted gardener forced out of moneyed seclusion and into the urban wilds of Washington, D.C., after the death of his employer. Shocked to discover that the real world doesn't respond to the click of a remote, Chance stumbles haplessly into celebrity after being taken under the wing of a tycoon who mistakes his new protégé's mumbling about horticulture for sagacious pronouncements on life and politics, and whose wife targets Chance as the object of her desire.

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1st Floor DVD/MOVIE/COMEDY/Being Due Dec 13, 2023
Comedy films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection [2017]
Corporate Author
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Corporate Author
Criterion Collection (Firm) (-)
Other Authors
Hal Ashby (film director), Jerzy Kosinski, 1933-1991 (-)
Two- DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; widescreen
Item Description
Based on the novel by Jerzy Kosinski.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1979.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Special features: new documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with members of the production team; excerpts from a 1980 American Film Institute seminar with director Hal Ashby; author Jerzy Kosinksi in a 1979 appearance on the Dick Cavett Show; appearances from 1980 by actor Peter Sellers on NBC's today and the Don Lane show; promo reel featuring Sellers and Ashby; trailer and TV spots; deleted scenes, outtakes, and an alternate ending; plus: an essay by critic Mark Harris.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, NTSC, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1); monoaural.
MPAA rating: PG.
Academy Award (1980): Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
Production Credits
Music, Johnny Mandell ; photography, Caleb Deschanel ; editor, Don Zimmerman.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Library Journal Review

Having mostly learned about life from watching television, a reclusive gardener named Chance (Peter Sellers) accidentally becomes Chauncey Gardner-a naïf whose simplistic observations are mistaken for profound insights by politicians, businessmen, and others projecting their own assumptions in Hal Ashby's classic satire. With his deadpan, wry sense of humor, Sellers is superb as the blank slate whose appeal extends to an amorous widow (Shirley MacLaine) who amusingly misinterprets his "I like to watch" catchphrase. Nicely restored and extras-laden. [See Trailers, LJ 2/1/17] © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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