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
Anne Heywood was first announced for the Claire Bloom part. See more »
When Charly comes back to his room, disgusted that he had been beaten by a mouse one too many times, he throws his hat onto the dresser where it falls to the floor. Moments later he leaves, and the hat is back on top of the dresser. See more »
Cliff Robertson is tremendous and the movie can't help but to move you
This movie is an absolute must see. Cliff Robertson might have been one of the best actors ever if given a chance. (he was black listed shortly after this movie for being accused of being a communist) He is superb in this film. The only thing that I might see as a problem, that I actually liked, were the musical sequences. Some people think that they are too drawn out, and over done with camera and editting techniques. I think it brings more humanity to a movie already full to the brim with it. Those scenes, along with the rest of the movie, make you almost live it. Is this movie perfect? No, but to make something perfect is to rob it of its one thing that makes it human. Oh yeah I have one more thing to say to people that think this is not a science fiction. Yo stupid people, they used a wonder drug (science) which does not exist (fiction). I put this in the 70's of my own personal top 100.
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