Sam Roberts thinks he has all the answers: the purpose of life, the meaning of love, the plan for a perfect future. Until Charly walks into his life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Roberts (as Jeremy Elliott)
Randy King ...
Frank Roberts
Charlene 'Charly' Riley
Lindsay Killian ...
Convertible Girl
Mark Reynolds
Mary Merrill ...
Mark's Secretary
Tyson Anderegg ...
Airport Toddler
Gene A. Turner ...
Ticket Seller (as Gene Turner)
Bernie Diamond ...
Rafferty (as Bernie M. Diamond)
Gary Neilson ...
Edward Riley
Lisa McCammon ...
Clair Riley
Jackie Winterrose-Fuller ...
Ena Riley
Amy Oberg Johnson ...
Relief Society Patron
Leslie Richards ...
Nicola Bullock ...
Sister Missionary


Sam Roberts thinks he has all the answers: the purpose of life, the meaning of love, the plan for a perfect future. Until Charly walks into his life. As different as Salt Lake City and New York City, Sam and Charly are thrown together by circumstance and repelled by differences. He's scheduled and idealistic. She's spontaneous and cynical. He's guarded and practical. She's open and mischevious. He's a Mormon. She isn't. Differences spark interest, though, as Charly finds depth in Sam's idealism and Sam seeks the vibrance of Charly's joie de vivre. But all is not smooth in the Rockies, as their relationship accelerates - cultural differences, family issues, former loves and life-altering challenges threaten to shake things up. Written by Anonymous

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Real Love Stories Have No Ending


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements

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Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jack Weyland's Charly  »

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Box Office


$950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$56,900 (USA) (27 September 2002)


$813,685 (USA) (2 May 2003)

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Did You Know?


When Adam says "mama" we can see his hand partially covering his face and it is clear that the audio has been dubbed. See more »


Sam: Do you do that often, lie to complete strangers?
Charly: No, I lie to people I know too.
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Referenced in In the Service of God (2003) See more »


A Heartbeat Away
(Acoustic Version)
Music by Aaron Merrill
Words by Cherie Call & Aaron Merrill
Performed by Katherine Thompson
Courtesy of Aspen Leaf Publishing & Cinergy Films (BMI)
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Why can't Hollywood see we love these kinds of movies?
3 October 2002 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

I am not a big movie goer. For one I simply can not afford them and to go in to a theater and be insulted by what I see makes me mad. I love action, and to be honest I love sex, however I don't enjoy seeing other people have it. I am not really into the "chick flicks" either. I like one I can go home and feel excited about and actually feel like I was there. I never cry in movies, it is just not me. I may get teary eyed, but I do that when I watch my children dance or play. However the movie Charley touched me in a way I can not even explain. I felt the joy and sorrow in that movie. I felt like I knew these people and they were my friends. I not only got teary eyed, but I lost it, I totally lost it. I did not take my kleenex, I never need them, so I had to get some napkins. This was not an LDS movie, this was a love story that was centered around a belief that happened to be LDS. We have movies that are centered around Jews. (Jazz singer) or catholics and we do not say, "awwww that was a Jewish movie". This movie is touching in the fact that this man believed so much in his faith and yet had challenges that made him question it. Yet it was a love story that could make you be there and want that for yourself. It was clean, and funny and Hollywood should take note.

I would recommend Charley to anyone of any faith that would enjoy a good clean movie that can make you laugh and make you cry. Look past the low budget and see the heart of the movie and the actors. It was a movie that did not need all the big props and lights, the story is what gave it the heart.

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