But Chance the gardener did have responsibilities and he rose to meet them. In the car is Rand's much younger wife Eve, who mishears "Chance, the gardener" in reply to the question who he is, as "Chauncey Gardiner". Was this review helpful to you? What little original music is used was composed by Johnny Mandel, and primarily features two recurrent piano themes based on "Gnossiennes" No. She is already attracted to him and makes a sexual advance. Chance seems very simple-minded and has lived in the house his entire life, tending the garden, with virtually no contact with the outside world. Entranced, he steps backward off the sidewalk and is struck by a chauffeured car owned by elderly business mogul Ben Rand. Born in Cuba and fried from birth on Southern blues, good old rock and roll, and Latin rhythms, Chance Gardner is a bizarrely twisted cowboy-boots-clad bald man. This is just like television, only you can see much further. Hard to believe that this was made over 20 years ago, it is still as funny as ever. But, Ebert writes "The movie presents us with an image, and while you may discuss the meaning of the image, it is not permitted to devise explanations for it. When his benefactor dies, Chance naively tells the lawyers that he has no claim against the estate and is ordered to move out. Rand is also a confidant and advisor to the President of the United States, whom he introduces to "Chauncey". Oblivious to all this, Chance wanders off through Rand's wintry estate. Simple-minded gardener Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. home of an old man. Sellers was later displeased that the outtake ran because he believed it took away from Chauncey's mystique. [9][30], The film holds a score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 55 reviews, with an average rating of 8.56/10. [15][16][17][18][19][20], The film opened to positive reviews and gave Sellers a hit after many of his previous films outside of the Pink Panther series had flopped. Chance has no interest in or knowledge of sex, but mimics a kissing scene from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair, which happens to be showing on the TV. "[26] In his 2005 book The Great Movies II, Robert Ebert mentioned the reaction of his students to the final scene,[27] stating that they once suggested that Chance may be walking on a submerged pier. Profession… gardener, but now apparently adviser to the Washington elite. "[22] Janet Maslin of The New York Times called the film "a stately, beautifully acted satire with a premise that's funny but fragile." Chance The Gardener ‎– The Day The Dogs Took Over . Since Ashby does not show a pier, there is no pier — a movie is exactly what it shows us, and nothing more. This FAQ is empty. [10][11] Laurence Olivier was also considered for the role, but he turned it down because of the masturbation scene. Eve brings Chance to their home to recover. Once news of his "death" has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him. Second to maybe his role in Lolita and in the Pink Panther series, Sellers is not only funny, but gives his best performance in Being There. Use the HTML below. [10][12], According to MacLaine, "(Peter) believed he was Chauncey. 2. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. In a discussion about the economy, Chance takes his cue from the words "stimulate growth" and talks about the changing seasons of the garden. The bumbling Inspector Clouseau travels to Rome to catch a notorious jewel thief known as "The Phantom" before he conducts his most daring heist yet: a princess' priceless diamond with one slight imperfection, known as "The Pink Panther". Rand admires him, finding him direct, wise and insightful. Knowledge Influence Character Response. Fortunately for him, the wealthy Rand couple misunderstands his situation, and takes him in, thinking him to be an upper-class man who ran into some legal troubles. Based on the 1970 novel of the same name by Jerzy Kosiński, it was adapted for the screen by Kosiński and the uncredited Robert C. Jones. Explore releases from Chance The Gardener at Discogs. Inspector Jacque Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is put on the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, with the Phantom's trademark glove the only clue. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider. View production, box office, & company info. None of his supporters seemed to understand that Chauncey was really just a gardener — “one who had rice pudding between his ears,” in the words of the kindly housekeeper who brought him up. 2:28 PREVIEW Indian. "[28], The credits at the film's end roll over an outtake, known as the "Rafael outtake." Psst! Once Dr. Allenby is certain that Chance is a gardener, and will cause no harm to Eve or anyone else, he is willing to step aside. Chance wanders aimlessly, discovering the outside world for the first time. When his benefactor dies, Chance naively tells the lawyers that he has no claim against the estate and is ordered to move out. (1979). A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. The other major piece of music used is the Eumir Deodato jazz/funk arrangement of the opening fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss. [4] The screenplay won the British Academy Film Award for Best Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium. Bang! The debate over global growth continued the week of 27 April 2016 against a backdrop of mildly supportive U.S. economic data, firmer oil and commodity prices and rising equity markets.