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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)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cliff Robertson ... Charly Gordon
Claire Bloom ... Alice Kinnian
Lilia Skala ... Dr. Anna Straus
Leon Janney ... Dr. Richard Nemur
Ruth White ... Mrs. Apple
Dick Van Patten ... Bert - Lab Assistant (as Richard Van Patten)
Edward McNally Edward McNally ... Gimpy - Bakery Worker (as Skipper McNally)
Barney Martin ... Hank - Bakery Worker
William Dwyer William Dwyer ... Joey - Bakery Worker
Dan Morgan Dan Morgan ... Paddy - Bartender
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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, and he is the subject of cruel pranks at the bakery where he does minor janitorial work. His teacher, Mrs. Kinnian, enrolls Charly in a clinical study where he is observed by a surgeon and a psychologist who have Charly "race" a mouse named Algernon, solving mazes. Algernon is usually the winner, thanks to an experiment involving brain proteins that greatly raised his intelligence. The experiment proceeds with surgery on Charly, who at first does not seem affected. However, he quickly becomes more logically advanced, soon becoming a pure genius. Emotional and intra-personal consequences are involved as Charly and his teacher become increasingly attached to one another. But when Charly gradually suspects the consequences of the experiment, he struggles with whether or not the procedure was a good idea. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Poignant Incredible Story of A Man Whose Two Worlds Collide! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,826,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,530,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (fantasy sequence)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The introductory speaker at the doctor's conference is director Ralph Nelson. See more »

Goofs

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, and it falls to the floor. Moments later he leaves, and the hat is back on top of the dresser. 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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Crazy Credits

The title appears onscreen as if scrawled by a child, with the "R" backwards. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Ernest Goes to School (1994) See more »

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You will never ever forget this movie
6 October 2005 | by desbyrneSee all my reviews

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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