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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 love story that begins with an incredible experiment! 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:

The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Charly Gordon: I was wondering why the people who would never dream of laughing at a blind or a crippled man would laugh at a moron?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Mac and Me (2018) See more »

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excellent sci-fi film
7 September 2005 | by StanleyStrangeloveSee all my reviews

Charly is a very touching sci-fi film about a retarded man Charly Gordon (Cliff Robertson) who can barely perform the menial job of sweeping up in a bakery and is the continual butt of jokes and ridicule by the bakers. He is chosen to participate in an experiment and is given treatments to boost his IQ. Alice Kinninan (Claire Bloom) plays one of the scientists who helps Charly to learn. Charly is based on the story Flowers For Algernon and the screenplay was by Stirling Silliphant (In The Heat of the Night.) Cliff Robertson won a best actor Oscar for Charly. The film is intelligent, poignant, and extremely moving. You'll need a box a Kleenex with your popcorn for this one.


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