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
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 »
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 »
[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.
My friends at the bakery got up a petition and then I got fired.
Is that an automatic law, something like gravity? Increased intelligence equals lost friends?
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The title appears onscreen as if scrawled by a child, with the "R" backwards. See more »
Cliff Robertson's superb performance...score: 8 (out of 10).
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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