Director: Ralph Nelson Cast: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Leon Janney


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/05/2019
UPC: 0738329228354
Original Release: 1968
Rating: PG
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 3,023

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historians Howard S. Berger and Nathaniel Thompson; KLSC trailers

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
Ruth White Mrs. Apple
Dan Morgan Paddy
Barney Martin Hank
Ralph Nelson Convention speaker
Frank Dolan Eddie
Skipper McNally Gimpy

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Charly
1. Chapter 1 [9:03]
2. Chapter 2 [10:34]
3. Chapter 3 [12:59]
4. Chapter 4 [12:09]
5. Chapter 5 [15:52]
6. Chapter 6 [13:25]
7. Chapter 7 [11:57]
8. Chapter 8 [17:21]

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Charly 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.