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Daniel Keyes (novel)
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 September 1968 (USA) See more »
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 »
An intellectually disabled man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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You will never ever forget this movie See more (55 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cliff Robertson ... Charly Gordon

Claire Bloom ... Alice Kinnian

Lilia Skala ... Dr. Anna Strauss
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)

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)
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
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Simpsons: HOMR (#12.9)" (2001)See more »


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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
You will never ever forget this movie, 6 October 2005
Author: Des Byrne from Ireland

I saw this movie on TV when I was a child and while I don't remember every single plot detail, overall it made a lasting impression on me. So much so that I have been determined all these years to try and see this movie again.

I stumbled across the movie on TV and I clearly remember the highly emotional impact it made on me.

Thanks to IMDb I was able to keep searching for the title as I could best remember it and was thrilled when I discovered it here.

A truly stunning memorable movie - I only wish I could get it on DVD. Highly recommended.

When I think of all the dross I have watched over the years that is so forgettable, it is wonderful to return and discover a movie that captivate me so long ago and discover that I am not alone in rating it 10 out of 10!

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Not one of the mice is any longer capable .. TragicBloom
Maybe because I thought it was an adaptation but xicano2913
Daniel Keyes, author of 'Flowers for Algernon,' died June 15 at 86 tremas-1
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