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Rated PG · 130 minutes · 1979

Comedy drama
Peter Sellers gives one of his finest portrayals as an untutored victim of environmental isolation, living his life entirely within the walls of a Washington house and its garden, with television providing his only link to the outside world. When he's forced outside, this charming vacuum becomes, through a series of well-wrought ironies, the toast of the town. The director, Hal Ashby, has affected a restrained, understated style to match the subtlety and precision of Sellers's performance. No one seems to know what to do with the allegorical undertone of Jerzy Kosinski's script, but as a whole this 1979 film maintains a fine level of wit, sophistication, and insight. With Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, and Richard Dysart.

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