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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 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 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. His teacher, Miss Kinian, takes Charly to the clinic where he is observed by doctors who have Charly "race" a mouse, Algernon. Algernon is usually the winner thanks to an experiment that greatly raised his intelligence. This experiment is given to Charly, who at first does not seem affected. However, he becomes more logically advanced, eventually becoming a pure genius. Emotional and intra-personal consequences are involved when Charly learns the truth of the experiment, and 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 »

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Heywood was first announced for the Claire Bloom part. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Convention speaker #5: Modern science.
Charly Gordon: Rampant technology, conscience by computer.
Convention speaker #1: Modern art.
Charly Gordon: Dispassionate draftsmen.
Convention speaker #4: Foreign policy.
Charly Gordon: Brave new weapons.
[laughter]
Convention speaker #1: Today's youth.
Charly Gordon: Joyless, guideless.
Convention speaker #6: Today's religion.
[...]
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Excellent Movie!
24 June 2007 | by donnyrussellSee all my reviews

Cliff Robertson acting job for playing Charly Gordon is amazing. It is a must see movie, just for that reason alone. The movie shows what it is like to live in the world of a mentally handicapped person. It shows how our society treats those people. It shows how Charly changes into a well, and very intelligent person. It also shows the friendship Charly has with the mouse. Who is the first to have the brain operation. Which is designed to improve the function of the brain. Also it shows the love Charly develops for this teacher Clair. However in the conclusion. The brain operation which made him a mentally well person, is a failure in the end. Sad ending of the movie. However the movie is considered a classic in my mind. Very well put together, and very well acted. I haven't read the book, this movie is based on.


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