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Charly (1968)

An intellectually disabled man undergoes an experiment that gives him the intelligence of a genius.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Daniel Keyes (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cliff Robertson ... Charly
Claire Bloom ... Alice
Lilia Skala ... Dr. Straus
Leon Janney ... Dr. Nemur
Ruth White ... Mrs. Apple
Dick Van Patten ... Bert (as Richard Van Patten)
Edward McNally Edward McNally ... Gimpy (as Skipper McNally)
Barney Martin ... Hank
William Dwyer William Dwyer ... Joey
Dan Morgan Dan Morgan ... Paddy
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Storyline

Charly is an adult male with a cognitive disability, struggling to survive in the modern world. His frequent attempts at learning, reading and writing prove difficult, and he is the subject of cruel pranks at the bakery where he does minor janitorial work. His teacher, Mrs. Kinnian, enrolls Charly in a clinical study where he is observed by a surgeon and a psychologist who have Charly "race" a mouse named Algernon, solving mazes. Algernon is usually the winner, thanks to an experiment involving brain proteins that greatly raised his intelligence. The experiment proceeds with surgery on Charly, who at first does not seem affected. However, he quickly becomes more logically advanced, soon becoming a pure genius. Emotional and intra-personal consequences are involved as Charly and his teacher become increasingly attached to one another. But when Charly gradually suspects the consequences of the experiment, he struggles with whether or not the procedure was a good idea. Written by Anonymous

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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The film is based on the 1966 novel "Flowers for Algernon," by Daniel Keyes. The novel, in turn, was based on a short story of the same name written in 1958 by Keyes and published in "The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction" in 1959. See more »

Goofs

When Charly is riding the tour bus past Boston University, the Marsh Chapel on the campus is twice seen through the windows as the bus passes it. See more »

Quotes

Alice Kinnian: Any questions?
Charly Gordon: [upset about getting fired from his job] Yeah, I was wonder why people that would never dream of laughing at a blind or a crippled man would laugh at a moron.
Alice Kinnian: What happened?
Charly Gordon: My friends at the bakery got up a petition and then I got fired.
Alice Kinnian: Oh...
Charly Gordon: Is that an automatic law, something like gravity? Increased intelligence equals lost friends?
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Crazy Credits

The title appears onscreen as if scrawled by a child, with the "R" backwards. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

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Cliff Robertson's superb performance...score: 8 (out of 10).
16 August 1999 | by Bill-247See all my reviews

Before there was "Awakenings" (1990) and "Good Will Hunting" (1997), there was a sincere, sad, and bittersweet film called "Charly" (1968). The film is based on the book "The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon." Cliff Robertson delivers a brilliant performance as a mentally retarded man who becomes a genius through scientific experiments. Claire Bloom is Charly's social worker (and love interest). The film is directed by Ralph Nelson ("Lillies of the Field"). score: 8 (out of 10).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,826,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,530,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (fantasy sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2:39 : 1
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