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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 warm yet cautionary tale 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:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0 Surround Sound) (L-R)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: There's one scene where Charly's just woken up from his surgery. The next scene shows him working on a puzzle, and he has a full head of hair and no bandages. If he'd just got brain surgery, he should still be wearing bandages, or at least have his head shaved.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 Mr. B's Lost Shorts (2001) (V)See more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A warm yet cautionary tale, 28 February 1999
Author: anonymous

A mildly mentally retarded man submits to a scientific experiment to increase his intelligence. Like "Frankenstein", "Charly" is a clever morality play about science that crosses certain boundaries. Unlike "Frankenstein", which took the horror route, "Charly" explores the emotional human tragedy that inevitably occurs when an experiment of this nature goes awry.

Many scientists back then and even today argue that the professional boundaries that were crossed in this story would never happen in real life. Yet with the recent successful gene manipulation and cloning experiments many believe it is only a matter of time, a very short time, before a human submits to such experiments.

The movie, of course, is not this clinical. Based on the classic novel, "Flowers for Algernon", the movie strikes a keen balance of warmth, comedy and tragedy. Cliff Robertson's fascinating portrayal of the main character is unforgettable. His delivery of the powerful speech at the scientific convention is just as stunning and eerily accurate today as it was over thirty years ago.

An emotional, touching drama, "Charley" still rings a cautionary bell. One that should be heard and not ignored as we enter the new millennium.

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