"I like to watch." Peter Sellers is a simple-minded gardener who has lived his entire life on an estate in an isolated corner of Washington, DC. When the estate owner dies, Sellers is forced out into the world for the first time. A chance meeting with society doyenne Shirley MacLaine (he is hit by her car) introduces Sellers to a crowd of Washington movers and shakers, people who, though rich and powerful, are hungry for wisdom, and take his simplicity and homespun pronouncements for profound philosophy. Sellers earned an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor, and Melvyn Douglas won Best Supporting Actor for his turn as MacLaine's powerbroker husband. DIR Hal Ashby; SCR Jerzy Kosinski, from his novel; PROD Andrew Braunsberg. U.S., 1979, color, 130 min. RATED PG
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