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Lists: Film Quest 2017

Brief Synopsis: "A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television."

Overall Ranking: 807 (Rank from 1979: # 6)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 33.33%
Regular 66.67%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
David Baruffi88
Rob from GuysFilmQuest83(full review)Comedy: 5
Sex Appeal: 3
Rewatch: 5
Lisa Marie Bowman70 - A little dated but still enjoyable.
(full review)

People Involved

  • Peter Sellers (Chance)
  • Shirley MacLaine (Eve Rand)
  • Melvyn Douglas (Benjamin Rand)
  • Jack Warden (President Bobby)
  • Richard A. Dysart (Dr. Robert Allenby)
  • Richard Basehart (Vladimir Skrapinov)
  • Ruth Attaway (Louise)
  • David Clennon (Thomas Franklin (as Dave Clennon))
  • Fran Brill (Sally Hayes)
  • Denise DuBarry (Johanna Franklin)
  • Alice Hirson (First Lady)
  • Jerome Hellman (Gary Burns)
  • John Harkins (Sidney Courtney)
  • Hal Ashby (Director)