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

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A mentally-challenged man named Charly undergoes a series of experimental tests to increase his intelligence.

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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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23 September 1968 (USA)  »

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After the operation, when Charly loses his temper over being beaten once again by the mouse, no one seems to notice that he is now pronouncing Algernon with the middle "n" included, instead of his usual Algeron with the "n" missing. See more »

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When Charly is riding the tour bus past Boston University the Marsh Chapel on the campus passes the bus window twice. See more »

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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?
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Referenced in Mr. B's Lost Shorts (2001) See more »

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excellent sci-fi film
7 September 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon US) – See all my reviews

Charly is a very touching sci-fi film about a retarded man Charly Gordon (Cliff Robertson) who can barely perform the menial job of sweeping up in a bakery and is the continual butt of jokes and ridicule by the bakers. He is chosen to participate in an experiment and is given treatments to boost his IQ. Alice Kinninan (Claire Bloom) plays one of the scientists who helps Charly to learn. Charly is based on the story Flowers For Algernon and the screenplay was by Stirling Silliphant (In The Heat of the Night.) Cliff Robertson won a best actor Oscar for Charly. The film is intelligent, poignant, and extremely moving. You'll need a box a Kleenex with your popcorn for this one.


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