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Charly (1968)

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DVD Release Date
ē R1: Mar 8, 2005

Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA

Studio Cinerama, Selmar Pictures

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Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Psychodrama, Tear Jerker, Mental Illness, Doctor

Tagline: A love story that begins with an incredible experiment!

Plot: This intriguing drama, directed tenderly by Ralph Nelson, is based on the story FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON by Daniel Keyes. The plot centers around a mentally retarded adult who instantly matures as the result of an operation on his brain. The result is a hybrid of documentary, romance, social drama and science fiction. Cliff Robertson is unpredictably touching as Charly Gordon, the sudden grown-up, and gives a hard-earned Academy Award winning performance. Claire Bloom is simple and magnetic as Alice Kinian, his sympathetic and protective caseworker. As his teacher, Miss Kinian, takes Charly to a clinic where doctors, who have Charly compete with a mouse named Algernon, observe him. Algernon, a once retarded mouse, is usually the winner thanks to an experiment that has greatly raised his intelligence. This experiment is given to Charly, who initially isnít affected. However, he gradually becomes more and more educated, eventually becoming a genius. This change effects not only Charly but also all the people who have contributed to his metamorphosis.

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 Directed by
Ralph Nelson
Father Goose, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Once a Thief
 Written by
Daniel Keyes
Flowers for Algernon, The Crowded Room
Stirling Silliphant
In the Heat of the Night, Village of the Damned, Village of the Damned
Cliff Robertson
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Escape from L.A.
Claire Bloom
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Lilia Skala
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Leon Janney
The Wind
Ruth White
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Dick Van Patten
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Edward McNally
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 Music By
Ravi Shankar
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