Charly

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In 1961, Cliff Robertson starred in The Two Worlds of Charley Gordon, a TV adaptation of Daniel Keyes' story Flowers for Algernon. Determined not to lose out on the film version of this play as he'd done with Days of Wine and Roses, Robertson bought up the movie rights to Keyes' story so that he and he alone would star. This determination paid off in the form of the Best Actor Academy Award for Robertson in 1968. The star plays Charly, a 30-year-old mentally retarded bakery worker. Neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Nemur ...
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In 1961, Cliff Robertson starred in The Two Worlds of Charley Gordon, a TV adaptation of Daniel Keyes' story Flowers for Algernon. Determined not to lose out on the film version of this play as he'd done with Days of Wine and Roses, Robertson bought up the movie rights to Keyes' story so that he and he alone would star. This determination paid off in the form of the Best Actor Academy Award for Robertson in 1968. The star plays Charly, a 30-year-old mentally retarded bakery worker. Neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Nemur (Leon Janney) and psychiatrist Dr. Anna Straus (Lilia Skala) approach Charly and ask him to participate in an experiment. Previously, Dr. Nemur was able to accelerate the intelligence of a mouse named Algernon by performing a radical new form of brain surgery; could not such a procedure work on a human being? As a result, Charly not only achieves normal intelligence, but also becomes a genius. Emboldened by his new mental status, Charly proposes marriage to his very receptive special-ed teacher (Claire Bloom). Alas, Charly notices that Algernon has begun to regress, and he reasons that he also will return to his old developmentally challenged state.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Daniel Keyes’s novella “Flowers for Algernon,” having been adapted for television in 1961, made its way to the big screen in this expansive 1968 feature film, with Cliff Robertson repeating the lead role he had taken in the TV version. What’s more, he won that year’s Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Charly Gordon, a mentally challenged adult who turns into an intellectual giant after submitting to an experimental treatment. His newfound intelligence opens up the entire world to Charly, who falls in love with one of his teachers Claire Bloom. But the world could close on him again: There’s no guarantee that the experiment’s results will be permanent. Robertson, an appealing but generally undistinguished journeyman actor, is remarkably effective in this superbly written drama, and he is ably supported by Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney, and Dick Van Patten. Ralph Nelson’s direction is properly unobtrusive, though the many split-screen shots betray the psychedelic era in which it was made. The Keyes story, originally published in the ‘50s, has been pillaged by Hollywood, in whole or in part, many times over the years, but this “official” version remains the yarn’s finest cinematic adaptation. You’ll find it comparable to the 1990 Robert De Niro-Robin Williams Awakenings -- which, although ostensibly based on actual events, seems to draw a great deal from “Flowers for Algernon.”
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2005
  • UPC: 027616912015
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cliff Robertson Charly Gordon
Claire Bloom Alice Kinian
Leon Janney Dr. Richard Nemur
Lilia Skala Dr. Anna Straus
Dick Van Patten Bert
William Dwyer Joey
Dan Morgan Paddy
Barney Martin Hank
Ruth White Mrs. Apple
Frank Dolan Eddie
Skipper McNally Gimpy
Ralph Nelson Convention speaker
Technical Credits
Ralph Nelson Director, Producer
John De Cuir Production Designer
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Charles Rosen Art Director
Selig J. Seligman Executive Producer
Ravi Shankar Score Composer
Stirling Silliphant Screenwriter
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/School Is Out [5:16]
2. A Good Study [3:40]
3. One of the Boys [2:27]
4. "We Call Him Algernon" [3:14]
5. Sharing the Secret [8:08]
6. Sightseeing [3:29]
7. Cruel Intentions [5:52]
8. The Operation [4:15]
9. A Surprise Guest [8:25]
10. Learning Comprehension [3:42]
11. Bakers' Man [4:25]
12. The Trail to Freedom [7:45]
13. Abstract Expressions [9:42]
14. Lessons of Love [3:41]
15. "Charly Gordon" [11:58]
16. Running for His Life [3:32]
17. Just Like Him [3:21]
18. Losing His Mind [5:24]
19. While it Lasted [3:34]
20. Fast Forward/End Credits [1:37]
Side #2 -- Pan & Scan
1. Main Title/School Is Out [5:16]
2. A Good Study [3:40]
3. One of the Boys [2:27]
4. "We Call Him Algernon" [3:14]
5. Sharing the Secret [8:08]
6. Sightseeing [3:29]
7. Cruel Intentions [5:52]
8. The Operation [4:15]
9. A Surprise Guest [8:25]
10. Learning Comprehension [3:42]
11. Bakers' Man [4:25]
12. The Trail to Freedom [7:45]
13. Abstract Expressions [9:42]
14. Lessons of Love [3:41]
15. "Charly Gordon" [11:58]
16. Running for His Life [3:32]
17. Just Like Him [3:21]
18. Losing His Mind [5:24]
19. While it Lasted [3:34]
20. Fast Forward/End Credits [1:37]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Charly touches lives of students

    I am a high school English teacher, and my students just finished reading Flowers For Algernon, the book on which Charly is based. Then, I showed them the film, Charly. They enjoyed it very much, even though the film was obviously dated. The only negative I have to say about the film is the music. The music is awful. Thirty years ago, I loved it,but, then, I was into Ravi Shankar. Maybe Hollywood will consider an upgrade of the film, an excellent story. And Cliff Robertson was wonderful as Charly Gordon. My students will never look at the mentally-challenged in the same way........Charly opened a door......and they walked through it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Needs more acadamy awards

    very inspiring and very true to the book. Cliff Robetson (Charly Gordon) put on a swell performance with all his other cast members.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    it a good book

    this movie touch my herat not any kind of book it a book that you can learn from not likr others books i hope you get it and enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2002

    wow

    This movie was so great. Im in the 8th grade, and we just finished watching it. I was so touched by this movie (even though mamny things were outdated and annoying!) I loved it! It was great.

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