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Flowers for Algernon (2000)

Charlie Gordon is mentally handicapped and all he wants in life is to be a genius. When he gets picked for experimental surgery it looks like his dream may finally come true. But the ... See full summary »

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Jeff Bleckner

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Daniel Keyes (novel), John Pielmeier (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Charlie Gordon
Kelli Williams ... Alice Kinian
Richard Chevolleau Richard Chevolleau
Jeff Pustil Jeff Pustil
Ken James Ken James
Richard Fitzpatrick Richard Fitzpatrick
Bonnie Bedelia ... Rose
Ron Rifkin ... Dr. Jonah Strauss
Cameron Bowen ... Young Charlie
Gloria Slade ... Faye
Cliff Saunders ... Mike
Kathryn Kirkpatrick ... Bernice
David McFarlane David McFarlane ... Lester
Ronit Cohen Ronit Cohen ... Francine
Philip Kowalik Philip Kowalik ... Young Charlie 2
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Charlie Gordon is mentally handicapped and all he wants in life is to be a genius. When he gets picked for experimental surgery it looks like his dream may finally come true. But the surgery has side effects that could could kill Charlie. Can Charlie survive being just plain old "Charlie Gordon" and will his newfound romance survive this test of character? Written by Michelle Pickrell <countrymuzluvr@yahoo.com>

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Last month, Charlie Gordon couldn't read. Now he's quoting Shakespeare. Can the medical miracle that changed his life help him understand the meaning of love?

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English

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20 February 2000 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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An uncommonly good TV movie
22 February 2000 | by Michael-8See all my reviews

I must admit, the only reason I taped this movie was to see the spellbinding Kelli Williams, from "The Practice." I had no clue what the movie was about, but I figured she could carry the movie no matter what. Besides, I haven't read the book so I knew my view would not be "tainted" in that sense.

Anyway, I was floored by the performances of both Modine and Williams. Modine's performance was good -- at no point was I convinced he was really retarded, but his transition from retarded to gifted and back again was well done. Williams acts with such sincerity and purity, it's easy for me to forget she's acting. Her performance was so genuine, at the end it actually felt as though she had actually experienced the horrible loss that her character experienced. She faces her loneliness utterly alone; she realizes this, and portrays it to a T.

If you missed this film, I hope someday you will get a chance to see it again. If not, at least read the book. I know I will.


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