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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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  (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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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)

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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 »
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 »
Mrs. Apple:[sees Charly bring Alice to his room] Can you imagine, Monty? Charly Gordon with a girl! Well, he better have her out by 10:00. There'll be no hokey-pokey in my house!See more »
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24 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Amazing, 30 September 2002
Author: batsy108 from PA, USA

I saw this film when I was about 10 and then I saw it again recently. It is one of the most poignant, beautiful movies ever made. The way Charly's retardation is handled by both the director and the brilliant Cliff Robertson is able to show the desperation and ignorance of Charly. His want for "smarts" is treated with compassion and not contempt. Compared to the book, "Flowers for Algernon", Charly does not completely hold up, nor should it. It uses the premise and message of the book to illustrate the humanity in the mentally retarded. The movie's message made me very sad and understanding to the plight of the mentally handicapped, as it did my fellow viewers. This film is the best way to teach a person why it is wrong to use "retarded" as a negative insult. See this film and you will learn about yourself.

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