Benjie is a troubled teen in Los Angeles, living with his grandmother, mother, and her new boyfriend. Traumatized by his father's desertion and the situation at home, Benjie gets introduced... See full summary »
Larry B. Scott
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
Before Charly gains his intelligence, he writes left handed--when he becomes brilliant, he writes right-handed. See more »
When Charly is riding the tour bus past Boston University the Marsh Chapel on the campus passes the bus window twice. See more »
[writes a sentence on the blackboard for Charly to punctuate]
Punctuate it. Go ahead, punctuate it.
[Charly does, and does it correctly]
That's very good!
Now I have something for you to punctuate!
[Turns over blackboard where he has written a sentence]
That does not make sense!
[Starts to punctuate it]
'That that is
[adds a comma]
[adds a period]
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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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