Charly (1968) (4/4)


Charly is a mentally challenged adult male struggling to survive in the world. His frequent attempts at learning, reading, and writing prove worthless. His teacher, Miss Kinian, takes Charly to the clinic where he is observed by doctors who have Charly "race" a mouse, Algernon. Algernon, a once retarded mouse, 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 gradually becomes more and more educated, eventually becoming a pure genius. Very emotional consequences are involved when Charly learns the truth of the experiment, however.

Directed by: Ralph Nelson
The cast includes: Cliff Robertson (Charly Gordon), Claire Bloom (Alice Kinnian), Lilia Skala (Dr. Anna Strauss), Dick Van Patten (Bert)
Also known as: Flowers for Algernon
MPAA rating: , Running time: 103 minutes
Presented in: Color
Awards: Academy Award Winner: Best Actor (Cliff Robertson), Golden Globes Winner, Stirling Silliphant, for Best Screenplay
Related titles: Phenomenon (1996)
Related categories: Medical

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