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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:
An intellectually disabled 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:
"No One Would Ever Think Of Making Fun Of A Blind Person Or A Cripple, Why Would They Do It To A Moron?" See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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

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Trivia:
The reason that Cliff Robertson was not at the Oscars to receive his Best Actor award was because he was in the middle of filming the movie, Too Late the Hero (1970) in the Philippines. The director Robert Aldridge would not allow him to leave due to budget restraints.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:That, that is, is. That, that is not, is not. Is that it? It is.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angel: Smile Time (#5.14)" (2004)See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
"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
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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.

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