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
The renowned screenwriter William Goldman made his first attempt at a screenplay by adapting the novel for Cliff Robertson, who eventually fired him and replaced him with the more experienced Stirling Silliphant. See more »
In the lounge scene where Charly assists the mentally challenged busboy, Charly's hair switches back and forth from dry to slicked back. See more »
Marry me, pretty girl, marry me.
We will marry at... quarter past Wednesday on the 74th of November, and our anniversary will happily be... on those days where we both remember.
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I saw this movie on TV when I was a child and while I don't remember every single plot detail, overall it made a lasting impression on me. So much so that I have been determined all these years to try and see this movie again.
I stumbled across the movie on TV and I clearly remember the highly emotional impact it made on me.
Thanks to IMDb I was able to keep searching for the title as I could best remember it and was thrilled when I discovered it here.
A truly stunning memorable movie - I only wish I could get it on DVD. Highly recommended.
When I think of all the dross I have watched over the years that is so forgettable, it is wonderful to return and discover a movie that captivate me so long ago and discover that I am not alone in rating it 10 out of 10!
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