An intellectually disabled man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius.

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Charly is an adult male with a cognitive disability struggling to survive in the modern world. His frequent attempts at learning, reading, and writing prove difficult. His teacher, Miss Kinian, takes Charly to the clinic where he is observed by doctors who have Charly "race" a mouse, Algernon. Algernon is usually the winner thanks to an experiment that greatly raised his intelligence. This experiment is given to Charly, who at first does not seem affected. However, he becomes more logically advanced, eventually becoming a pure genius. Emotional and intra-personal consequences are involved when Charly learns the truth of the experiment, and struggles with whether or not the procedure was a good idea. Written by Anonymous

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A less than ordinary man is turned into a genius. He awakens to an exquisite love experience, but at an impossible price for CHARLY See more »

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23 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Before Charly gains his intelligence, he writes left handed--when he becomes brilliant, he writes right-handed. See more »

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When Charly comes back to his room, disgusted that he had been beaten by a mouse one too many times, he throws his hat onto the dresser where it falls to the floor. Moments later he leaves, and the hat is back on top of the dresser. See more »

Quotes

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]
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Amazing
30 September 2002 | by (PA, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was about 10 and then I saw it again recently. It is one of the most poignant, beautiful movies ever made. The way Charly's retardation is handled by both the director and the brilliant Cliff Robertson is able to show the desperation and ignorance of Charly. His want for "smarts" is treated with compassion and not contempt. Compared to the book, "Flowers for Algernon", Charly does not completely hold up, nor should it. It uses the premise and message of the book to illustrate the humanity in the mentally retarded. The movie's message made me very sad and understanding to the plight of the mentally handicapped, as it did my fellow viewers. This film is the best way to teach a person why it is wrong to use "retarded" as a negative insult. See this film and you will learn about yourself.


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