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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:
Trivializes the Book and Its Purpose 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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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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:
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:
Continuity: When Charly is riding the tour bus past Boston University the Marsh Chapel on the campus passes the bus window twice.See more »
Quotes:
Charly Gordon:Are there any questions? Did you enjoy the film?
Convention speaker #1:Mr. Gordon... how do you feel at the present moment, about your development?
Charly Gordon:Grateful, sir.
Convention speaker #1:You are happy about it?
Charly Gordon:Yes.
Convention speaker #2:Why?
Charly Gordon:Because it has allowed me to... see.
Convention speaker #3:To see what?
Charly Gordon:The world.
Convention speaker #4:And what do you see in that world?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "NewsRadio: Arcade (#3.4)" (1996)See more »

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27 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Trivializes the Book and Its Purpose, 28 June 2009
Author: alexkolokotronis from Queens, New York

Before watching Charly I had been told to avoid watching this film having just read the book. Of course I didn't do myself justice and decided to watch the film anyway. The film simply rushes through the whole storyline trying to fit too many themes in a minimum amount of opportunities in a mere hour and forty minutes.

As stated before the length of the film was much too short in order to get across the message in an efficient way let alone in a strong manner. This had a large indirect or maybe direct effect on the performance of that of Cliff Robertson who plays Charly. The transformation of his happens at lightning quick speed which undermines the book in not displaying the long and grueling process Charly had to face in which he was constantly being treated like a lab experiment. Also the way he deals with his feeling on loneliness and lack or respect is in no way the same as he did in the book which was much more understandable and seemingly much more realistic in the way Charly would have reacted. Instead in the movie he drives off and becomes wild and crazy without a second thought. A rushed script here leads easily to a rushed movie with glaring problems, even more so then the leading character.

Ralph Nelson, the director of this film, took the wrong approach here trying to have Charly change so drastically at such a fast pace. The transformation in itself is shocking enough. There is no need to further try and make the lead character undergo this rapid change because it takes away from the substance of the film and ultimately the rest of the film with it. The entire film rests on this one leading character and the director certainly displayed that challenge here, unfortunately it was not displayed in the way that it should have been.

I would not recommend this film especially if you read the book because it is filled with just to many contradictions throughout and faces its own themes in a overly simplistic way and method. The film fails miserably in trying to describe such a complex problem effectively and certainly doesn't give any answers in a precise or convincing manner. Sadly this film becomes a parody of itself.

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