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Charly Gordon (Character)
from Charly (1968)

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Charly (1968)
Charly Gordon: I was wondering why the people who would never dream of laughing at a blind or a crippled man would laugh at a moron?

Charly Gordon: Marry me, pretty girl, marry me.
Alice Kinnian: We will marry at... quarter past Wednesday on the 74th of November, and our anniversary will happily be... on those days where we both remember.

Charly Gordon: What's enough love?
Alice Kinnian: Always a little more than anyone ever gets.

Charly Gordon: [Charly picks up a book and reads from it] "My name is Dick. I live in a house. I have a sister named Jane and a dog named Spot."
Charly Gordon: [He throws the book away] My name is Charly Gordon and I live in a room, and I got no sister and no dog, and I am stupid!

Charly Gordon: That, that is, is. That, that is not, is not. Is that it? It is.

Charly Gordon: Say, Miss Kinnian... where's Mr. Kinnian?
Alice Kinnian: He died, Charly.

Alice Kinnian: [writes a sentence on the blackboard for Charly to punctuate] Punctuate it. Go ahead, punctuate it.
[Charly does, and does it correctly]
Alice Kinnian: That's very good!
Charly Gordon: Now I have something for you to punctuate!
[Turns over blackboard where he has written a sentence]
Alice Kinnian: That does not make sense!
Charly Gordon: [Starts to punctuate it] 'That that is
[adds a comma]
Charly Gordon: , is
[adds a period]
Charly Gordon: . That that is not
[adds a comma]
Charly Gordon: , is not
[adds a period]
Charly Gordon: .'
Alice Kinnian: [Figures it out] 'Is that it?'
Charly Gordon: 'It is!'
Alice Kinnian: So. Student surpasses the teacher!
[Charly nods eagerly]

Charly Gordon: Are there any questions? Did you enjoy the film?
Convention speaker #1: Mr. Gordon... how do you feel at the present moment, about your development?
Charly Gordon: Grateful, sir.
Convention speaker #1: You are happy about it?
Charly Gordon: Yes.
Convention speaker #2: Why?
Charly Gordon: Because it has allowed me to... see.
Convention speaker #3: To see what?
Charly Gordon: The world.
Convention speaker #4: And what do you see in that world?
Charly Gordon: Well... my eyes are new, doctor, I...
Convention speaker #4: And what do they *see*, Mr. Gordon?
Charly Gordon: Things as they are.
Convention speaker #4: And?
Charly Gordon: And what they are becoming.
Convention speaker #5: Can you give me an example Mr. Gordon?
Charly Gordon: [quickly] No sir, you give me one.
Convention speaker #5: Very well...
Charly Gordon: Very well.

Convention speaker #5: Modern science.
Charly Gordon: Rampant technology, conscience by computer.
Convention speaker #1: Modern art.
Charly Gordon: Dispassionate draftsmen.
Convention speaker #4: Foreign policy.
Charly Gordon: Brave new weapons.
[laughter]
Convention speaker #1: Today's youth.
Charly Gordon: Joyless, guideless.
Convention speaker #6: Today's religion.
Charly Gordon: Preachment by popularity polls.
Convention speaker #3: Standard of living.
Charly Gordon: A TV in every room.
[laughter]
Convention speaker #4: Education.
Charly Gordon: [agitated] A TV in every room.
[more laughter]
Convention speaker #1: The world's future, Mr. Gordon.
Charly Gordon: Brave new hates, brave new bombs, brave new wars.
Convention speaker #7: The coming generation.
Charly Gordon: Test-tube conception, laboratory birth, TV education, brave new dreams, brave new hates, brave new wars; a beautifully purposeless process of society suicide.
[silence]
Charly Gordon: Any more questions?

Charly Gordon: Any more questions? In the back, any more questions about things as they are and what they're becoming? No? I have a question.
[turns to Nemur and Strauss]
Charly Gordon: Professor Nemur. Charly Gordon.
[Nemur does not answer]
Charly Gordon: Come on, professor, you know. Charly Gordon.
[Nemur still does not answer]
Charly Gordon: You know, but you haven't told me.
[turns to the audience]
Charly Gordon: Anybody out there answer the question 'Charly Gordon'?
[no answer comes from the audience]
Charly Gordon: Anyone in the back answer the question 'Charly Gordon'?
[still no answer]
Charly Gordon: No? Well, I'm disappointed in you, doctors. You're not very smart. You're not even as smart as a mouse. Because he knows. Algernon showed me. The answer to the question, 'Charly Gordon' is: Charly Gordon is a fellow who will very shortly be what he used to be.
[the whole room is silent as Charly turns to Nemur and Strauss, puts his hand in his pocket and takes out Algernon who is now dead]
Charly Gordon: Professor Nemur, why didn't you tell me the success of the operation was only temporary?
[Nemur and Strauss looked at each other in bewildered looks]

[Charly finds Alice waiting for him in his room]
Alice Kinnian: Saw your cycle outside.
Charly Gordon: It's for sale.
Alice Kinnian: What did you learn?
Charly Gordon: I'm back. What did you learn?
Alice Kinnian: I'm here.
[Alice walks to him in a smile]

Alice Kinnian: Any questions?
Charly Gordon: [upset about getting fired from his job] Yeah, I was wonder why people that would never dream of laughing at a blind or a crippled man would laugh at a moron.
Alice Kinnian: What happened?
Charly Gordon: My friends at the bakery got up a petition and then I got fired.
Alice Kinnian: Oh...
Charly Gordon: Is that an automatic law, something like gravity? Increased intelligence equals lost friends?

[last lines]
Alice Kinnian: Marry me?
[Charly goes silent by refusing]
Alice Kinnian: [sits down] All right, don't marry me.
Charly Gordon: [smiles] Motion carried.
Alice Kinnian: But I'm going to stay right here. Whenever you feel like telling me to go, just let me know - just tell me so. I'll go, I'll leave.
Charly Gordon: Leave.
[Alice goes stunned]
Charly Gordon: Please, leave.
Alice Kinnian: [solemnly] All right...
[Alice hesitates then slowly heads to the door]
Alice Kinnian: Good night.
Charly Gordon: [without looking at her] Good night.
[Alice leaves]