MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 603 this week

Charly (1968)

 -  Drama | Sci-Fi  -  23 September 1968 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 4,378 users  
Reviews: 53 user | 30 critic

A retarded man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 03 Feb 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 02 Apr 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 04 Feb 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Charly" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Charly (1968)

Charly (1968) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Charly.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

On the Beach (1959)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A traveling handyman becomes the answer to the prayers of nuns who wish to build a chapel in the desert.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Sidney Poitier, Lilia Skala, Lisa Mann
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Racial tensions threaten to explode when a black man is elected sheriff of a small, racially divided town in the Deep South.

Director: Ralph Nelson
Stars: Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Fredric March
Charlie (2004)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Luke Goss teams up with Steven Berkoff to tell the real life story of 'Charlie Richardson', the head of the notorious 'Torture gang'... See full synopsis »

Director: Malcolm Needs
Stars: Luke Goss, Leslie Grantham, Marius Weyers
Charly (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Isild Le Besco
Stars: Kolia Litscher, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Jeanne Mauborgne
Charley (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Director: Theo van Gogh
Stars: Marie Kooyman, Rosita Steenbeek, Michiel Berkel
Des fleurs pour Algernon (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: David Delrieux
Stars: Julien Boisselier, Hélène de Fougerolles, Marianne Basler
Drama

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

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Anna Blaszczyk
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Algernon is an old man who lives alone, having conversations with a porcelain cat and enjoys making things out of bones... he boils a neighbor's dead dog for the bones... and he is visited ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Jarrott
Stars: John Cullum, Carrie-Anne Moss, Charles Durning
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Seven families are aboard a bus towards a field camp for their vacation. At this camp, it becomes clear that this is not a common trip... See full synopsis »

Director: Dankan
Stars: Yoshiki Arizono, Dankan, Shuto Hatano
Director: Yves Angelo
Stars: Grégory Gadebois
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Dr. Anna Straus
Leon Janney ...
Dr. Richard Nemur
...
Mrs. Apple
...
Bert (as Richard Van Patten)
Edward McNally ...
Gimpy (as Skipper McNally)
...
Hank
William Dwyer ...
Joey
Dan Morgan ...
Paddy
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A love story that begins with an incredible experiment! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 September 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Charly  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the lounge scene where Charly assists the mentally challenged busboy, Charly's hair switches back and forth from dry to slicked back. 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]
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"No One Would Ever Think Of Making Fun Of A Blind Person Or A Cripple, Why Would They Do It To A Moron?"
17 February 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After having done The Days Of Wine And Roses On the small screen and seeing Jack Lemmon get the part for the big screen, Cliff Robertson pulled a Katharine Hepburn. Like Kate the great who bought the screen rights to The Philadelphia Story and dictated the making of it to MGM, Robertson did the same for Charly which he had done on the US Steel Hour almost a decade earlier on television. He did better than Lemmon who only was nominated for Best Actor for Days Of Wine And Roses.

Charly is the story of an amiable mildly retarded man who works and supports himself in a job at a bakery, but also has agreed to become an experimental subject to scientists, Claire Bloom, Leon Janney, and Lilia Skala. Janney has a theory in which he feels that the proper enzyme given and an operation and Robertson could start to function like a normal person.

The operation has some foreseen and unforeseen consequences. One of them is that Robertson is one fully functioning male, but still lacks a whole lot of social skills. He forms an attachment to Bloom which is something she saw coming, but not necessarily her.

More important he becomes far more aware of the world around him and how badly treated he was by a lot of people. One role I very much liked was that of his landlady Ruth White who was a woman with a big heart who does value Robertson as a person and gives him the respect any of us is due.

Still the film belongs to Cliff Robertson who won an Oscar for Best Actor in 1968. Robertson had some stiff competition that year, but probably was helped by the fact that three of his competitors were British, Alan Bates for The Fixer, Ron Moody for Oliver, and Peter O'Toole for The Lion In Winter who if memory serves was the betting favorite. The other nominee was Alan Arkin for The Heart Is The Lonely Hunter. How he manages to go from a mildly retarded man to a person of no mean erudition is a wonderful process unfolding on the screen. Personally I think it ought to be required viewing in every acting class on the globe, the subtleties are something to behold.

I don't claim to be any kind of scientific expert on this or any other scientific matter, but I would love to hear from those who know more as to whether the whole theory is feasible or not. In any event though Charly is a fine picture with both a message and a heart.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Maybe because I thought it was an adaptation but xicano2913
Is there a book too? whee_snaw343
uhhhh what happened aplardi
Is Anyone Reminded Of.... Sgt_Pepper10940
Help please! sunjay89
odd naming handlernator
Discuss Charly (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?