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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Satirized as "Churly" in 1969 issue of "Cracked" magazine and republished by Dell as "Half-Cracked" in April 1974. 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 »

Quotes

Charly Gordon: What's enough love?
Alice Kinnian: Always a little more than anyone ever gets.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: King Dinosaur (1990) See more »

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Cliff Robertson's superb performance...score: 8 (out of 10).

Before there was "Awakenings" (1990) and "Good Will Hunting" (1997), there was a sincere, sad, and bittersweet film called "Charly" (1968). The film is based on the book "The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon." Cliff Robertson delivers a brilliant performance as a mentally retarded man who becomes a genius through scientific experiments. Claire Bloom is Charly's social worker (and love interest). The film is directed by Ralph Nelson ("Lillies of the Field"). score: 8 (out of 10).


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