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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Keyes (novel)
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 September 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
A retarded man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A beautiful film See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cliff Robertson ... Charly Gordon

Claire Bloom ... Alice Kinian

Lilia Skala ... Dr. Anna Straus
Leon Janney ... Dr. Richard Nemur

Ruth White ... Mrs. Apple

Dick Van Patten ... Bert (as Richard Van Patten)
Edward McNally ... Gimpy (as Skipper McNally)

Barney Martin ... Hank
William Dwyer ... Joey
Dan Morgan ... Paddy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Collins ... Tap Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Cooper ... Speaker at Charly's Interview (uncredited)
Frank Dolan ... Eddie (uncredited)

Randee Lynne Jensen ... Extra (uncredited)
Ralph Nelson ... Convention Speaker (uncredited)

Donald Warnock ... Attendee at Charly's Interview (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ralph Nelson 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Keyes (novel "Flowers for Algernon")

Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)

Produced by
Ralph Nelson .... producer
Selig J. Seligman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ravi Shankar 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fredric Steinkamp 
 
Production Design by
John DeCuir 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Rosen 
 
Costume Design by
Hazel Roy 
 
Makeup Department
Vin Kehoe .... makeup artist (as Vincent Keough)
Phil Naso .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Henry Spitz .... production manager
Tom Walker Jr. .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis A. Stroller .... assistant director
Michael Blum .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... re-recording supervisor
Jim Shields .... sound recordist (as James Shields)
 
Stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Brown .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Rod Stephens .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard Kuhn .... montages
Richard Kuhn .... title designer
Doris Quinlan .... assistant to producer
 
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Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Before Charly gains his intelligence, he writes left handed--when he becomes brilliant, he writes right-handed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Doctor Nemur, the other doctor, and Mrs. Kinnian are discussing possible complications with Charlie's surgery, there's one shot where Dr. Nemur takes the cigarette out of his mouth, but in the next shot it's back in.See more »
Quotes:
Charly Gordon:What's enough love?
Alice Kinnian:Always a little more than anyone ever gets.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Ernest Goes to School (1994)See more »

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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful film, 27 May 2006
Author: waynepenner

"I want to be smarter, just so I could get a little closer, you know?" Charly Gordon

Made in the days when doctors smoked cigarettes, this is Cliff Robertson's brilliant portrayal of a man isolated from society by an IQ of 69 who through a brain operation becomes a genius.

Robertson won a well-deserved Oscar for Best Actor in 1968 for his part in this wonderful and inspiring film, and it's a great movie, albeit on a "b-movie" budget. But entwined in its message is a dark reflection on how society treats people who are mentally handicapped.

Charly is the nicest guy you would ever meet, considerate of all, kind, but simple and naïve. Everyone around him either laughs at him or is condescending toward him. No one sees him as a man, not even a human being, just whatever they label him as - "dumb-assed janitor", or just plain "moron". Then he gets his operation and becomes the smartest man on Earth, but still he is labeled, and still he is isolated.

What I got most from this film is not a clinical study of mental retardation but the way society deals with mental retardation, and in this the film soars, and it will bring a tear or two if you have even a bit of humanity. It is a wonderful film, on many levels, testing us all on how we deal with those who are so unfortunate as to be mentally handicapped.

In "Charly", society doesn't win in the end, but the movie does! 9 out of 10.

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