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Charly

movie poster from 1968
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Produced by Ralph Nelson
Written by screenplay by
Stirling Silliphant
from the novel by
Daniel Keyes
Starring Cliff Robertson
Claire Bloom
Leon Janney
Lilia Skala
Dick Van Patten
Music by Ravi Shankar
Cinematography Arthur Ornitz
Distributed by Cinerama/Selmar Pictures
Release date(s) September 23, 1968
Running time 103 min
Country USA
Language English
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Charly (also spelled ChaЯly) is a 1968 film which tells the story of a mentally retarded man, working at a bakery, who becomes a subject of an experiment to increase his mental capacity. As he reaches genius level, he realizes that the treatment is temporary, and that he will soon revert to his previous mental ability. It stars Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney and Dick Van Patten. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (526x768, 125 KB) Movie poster advertisement for Charly - © 1968 Cinerama Releasing Corp. ... Ralph Nelson (August 12, 1916 - December 21, 1987) was an American movie and television director, producer, writer, and actor. ... Ralph Nelson (August 12, 1916 - December 21, 1987) was an American movie and television director, producer, writer, and actor. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Daniel Keyes (born August 9, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is an American author, primarily of science fiction. ... Cliff Robertson. ... Claire Bloom (born Patricia Claire Blume on February 15, 1931) is a British film and stage actress. ... Lilia Skala (28 November 1896 - 18 December 1994) was an actress born in Vienna, Austria. ... Dick Van Patten (born December 9, 1928 in New York City) is an American actor. ... Ravi Shankar Ravi Shankar (Bengali: রবি শঙ্কর Robi Shôngkor, Hindi:रवि शंकर) (born April 7, 1920 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India) is a Bengali-Indian composer best known for his virtuosity on the sitar. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Mental retardation (also called mental handicap[1]) is a term for a pattern of persistently slow learning of basic motor and language skills (milestones) during childhood, and a significantly below-normal global intellectual capacity as an adult. ... A genius is a person with great intelligence. ... Cliff Robertson. ... Claire Bloom (born Patricia Claire Blume on February 15, 1931) is a British film and stage actress. ... Lilia Skala (28 November 1896 - 18 December 1994) was an actress born in Vienna, Austria. ... Dick Van Patten (born December 9, 1928 in New York City) is an American actor. ...


The movie was adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novel Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. In turn, the novel was based on the short story of the same title, by the same author. The movie was directed by Ralph Nelson. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Flowers for Algernon is a science fiction story written by Daniel Keyes. ... Daniel Keyes (born August 9, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is an American author, primarily of science fiction. ... Ralph Nelson (August 12, 1916 - December 21, 1987) was an American movie and television director, producer, writer, and actor. ...


Cliff Robertson won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in this movie. Cliff Robertson. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


Robertson had appeared in many television versions of screenplays that had gone on to be made into movies starring other actors (most notably Days of Wine and Roses, which had starred Jack Lemmon). When he starred in the The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon, a 1961 television adaptation of Flowers for Algernon, he bought the movie rights so that he would be sure to star in the film version too. Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 film which tells the story of an alcoholic couple who try to overcome their addiction. ... Jack Lemmon at Expo 1967. ...


References in pop culture

The movie is referenced in the 1996 episode "Arcade" from the television series sitcom NewsRadio. In this episode, Lisa thinks she's getting dumber because Beth is faster at solving a jumble puzzle. Dave jokes, "Well we knew this day would come, Algernon." Lisa, after a moment's pause, rattles off, "Flowers for Algernon, written by Daniel Keyes, inspired the 1968 film Charly, for which Cliff Robertson won an Oscar for best actor. I should have known that faster." Dave responds, "No, you shouldn't have known it at all." After this, Lisa decides to retake the SAT's with Dave. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This is a detailed list of NewsRadio episodes from the third season. ... NewsRadio was an American sitcom, originally broadcast from 1995 to 1999 on NBC. The show was created by executive producer Paul Simms, a writer for The Larry Sanders Show and Late Night with David Letterman. ... The SAT Reasoning Test, formerly called the Scholastic Aptitude Test and Scholastic Assessment Test, is a type of standardized test frequently used by colleges and universities in the United States to aid in the selection of incoming students. ...


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Charly (1968) (337 words)
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.
The film is based on the book "The Two Worlds of Charly Gordon." Cliff Robertson delivers a brilliant performance as a mentally retarded man who becomes a genius through scientific experiments.
Claire Bloom is Charly's social worker (and love interest).
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