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Charly (1968)

Cliff Robertson , Claire Bloom , Ralph Nelson  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala, Leon Janney, Ruth White
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Writers: Daniel Keyes, Stirling Silliphant
  • Producers: Ralph Nelson, Selig J. Seligman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KPHWY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,487 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Charly" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

From the classic Daniel Keyes novel Flowers for Algernon comes this "moving" (Boxoffice) and unforgettable adaptation. Featuring an Academy AwardÂ(r)-winning* performance by Cliff Robertson and a "shrewd, talented" score (Variety) by Ravi Shankar, this timeless tearjerker is "definitely one to see" (Cue). When a mentally retarded man named Charly (Robertson) undergoes experimental brain surgery, he is miraculously freed from the prison of his own mind. As his IQ soars to genius proportions, Charly's eyes are opened to a world he's never truly seen. But when the effects of his operation inexplicably begin to fade, Charly must find a way to halt his regression before his own mind destroys his life, his newfound romance and the man he's become. *1968: Actor

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable film October 20, 2005
Format:DVD
Charly (Cliff Robertson) is thirty years old and has the mental age of a young child. He works at a menial job where he is tormented endlessly, and he isn't progressing in his special night school. His teacher, Alice (Claire Bloom), recommends him to a clinic where an experimental operation has radically increased the intelligence of a lab mouse named Algernon. After Charly undergoes surgery, his mental ability starts to soar past normal to the genius level. He and Alice fall in love and make plans for the future, until, sadly, he learns one more thing from Algernon.

Robertson earned an Academy Award for his stunning portrayal of the gentle, childlike man whose life changes completely. He is a mature and charismatic actor and gives a memorable performance. Claire Bloom is also wonderful as his teacher. The script is excellent, never overly-sentimental and always literate and thought-provoking. I recommend this timeless classic as an example of how good movies used to be made.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent film adaptation of the classic short story December 18, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Cliff Robertson won the Academy Award for best actor with his excellent portrayal of Charly Gordon. It takes an actor with great versatility to first play a mentally-challenged man and then turn around and portray a surgically-transformed genius; Robertson fills the bill with great satisfaction. To fully appreciate the quality of this film, a great suggestion would be to first read the short story titled "Flowers for Algernon" on which this movie is based.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the finest film projects in history. October 18, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
True, this movie may be outdated in relation to the 90's era of science and technology, but it still remains one of those few films which produce an inner desire for learning and love. Robertson and his co-stars provide a great acting performance. The director did a fine job in taking the book, "Flowers for Algernon", and making it actually better when seen on film. This movie really hits the heart as few do. It also sets off a catalyst of desire for educational achievement. Spielburg and Tom Hanks could put together a brilliant remake of this today. Buy this movie. It is one of the best.
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43 of 56 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK IS BETTER... September 8, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is a somewhat disappointing adaptation of the wonderful book, "Flowers for Algernon", by Daniel Keyes. This is not to say that Cliff Robertson's performance in the title role of Charly Gordon, a gentle, mentally challenged person, is not Oscar worthy. It is, and he deservedly won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Charly Gordon. Claire Bloom is also noteworthy for her performance as Charly's teacher and love interest, Alice Kinian. The problem with this film lies in the screenplay and direction of the film.
The storyline is simple enough. Charly Gordon, a gentle, mentally challenged soul with a thirst for knowledge, attends night school in an effort to get smart. His teacher is Alice Kinian, a sensitive and caring person, who recognizes Charly's determination, as well as his limitations. She takes an interest in him and refers him to an institute that has been doing research in increasing the intelligence of laboratory mice through neurosurgery and is now on the cusp of attempting that experimental neorosurgery on humans. The institute is in the process of selecting candidates for its clinical trials.
Charly goes to the institute where he undergoes a battery of tests and has his capability for problem solving compared to that of a laboratory mouse named Algernon, whose intelligence has been surgically enhanced. After much deliberation, the institute decides to take Charly on as a human guinea pig, after Ms. Kinian eloquently persuades them that Charly's determination and sweet disposition should overcome the fact that he is below the threshold level of intelligence that they were looking for in a human subject.
Charly undergoes the neurosurgery which initially appears to be a success. He gets smart, very smart. The inevitable romance with Ms.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK IS NOT BEING REVIEWED HERE July 7, 2006
Format:DVD
This is an outstanding movie--probably one of the best of all time--and who CARES if that's because the screenplay was adapted from an even better book? Aren't movies usually disappointing compared to the book when it's a bookworm doing the review? The MOVIE is what's being reviewed here. IMHO, reviews based on "the book is better" should be automatically deleted.

Having said that, don't miss Cliff Robertson's outstanding performance in this heart-wrenching tale of a mentally challenged adult who overcomes his disability by receiving experimental surgery, only to be disappointed with the outcome, both in ways that have already been spoiled by others here and in other ways I will not spoil myself. It is a classic tale with the best elements of theatre. If it helps to understand, this movie would be just as outstanding if it were a filmed version of Cliff Robertson in a stage play. I assure you that if you're mature and like insightful movies, you'll enjoy this movie. I don't know how good the book is, because I haven't read it, but this is a movie review.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK IS BETTER... January 4, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a somewhat disappointing adaptation of the wonderful book, "Flowers for Algernon", by Daniel Keyes. This is not to say that Cliff Robertson's performance in the title role of Charly Gordon, a gentle, mentally challenged person, is not Oscar worthy. It is, and he deservedly won the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Charly Gordon. Claire Bloom is also noteworthy for her performance as Charly's teacher and love interest, Alice Kinian. The problem with this film lies in the screenplay and direction of the film.
The storyline is simple enough. Charly Gordon, a gentle, mentally challenged soul with a thirst for knowledge, attends night school in an effort to get smart. His teacher is Alice Kinian, a sensitive and caring person, who recognizes Charly's determination, as well as his limitations. She takes an interest in him and refers him to an institute that has been doing research in increasing the intelligence of laboratory mice through neurosurgery and is now on the cusp of attempting that experimental neurosurgery on humans. The institute is in the process of selecting candidates for its clinical trials.
Charly goes to the institute where he undergoes a battery of tests and has his capability for problem solving compared to that of a laboratory mouse named Algernon, whose intelligence has been surgically enhanced. After much deliberation, the institute decides to take Charly on as a human guinea pig, after Ms. Kinian eloquently persuades them that Charly's determination and sweet disposition should overcome the fact that he is below the threshold level of intelligence that they were looking for in a human subject.
Charly undergoes neurosurgery, which initially appears to be a success. He gets smart, very smart. The inevitable romance with Ms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is An Emotionally Powerful Movie!
When I first saw this movie as a kid, it was in a movie theater in Coalinga, California many years ago. I found the movie to be an emotionally powerful movie. It sure was. Read more
Published 20 days ago by William
1.0 out of 5 stars could not play it on my dvd player
Could not play this dvd in my regular dvd player for some reason. Wrong firmat or something that prevented me from viewing it
Published 25 days ago by Jerome Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars does not work
supposedly a dvd that was made not to work with amercican components. cant use it. Too bad its a great movie
Published 2 months ago by Chris Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
One of the most touching stories I have ever seen. I absolutely love this movie and was thrilled to be able to have my own personal copy.
Published 3 months ago by tthinks
5.0 out of 5 stars Flowers for Algernon--one of the greatest stories in SciFi
Daniel Keyes created a timeless classic that stirs the heart and mind, and Cliff Robertson made it come to life on screen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nelaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Speculative Fiction at its most Moving & Heartfelt
This is a tremendously moving film adapted from a highly imaginative and poignant speculative fiction book called "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
1.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect disk!
Much time elapsed before I was able to view this disk. Upon inserting the disk, I received the error message "REGION ERROR,
PLAYBACK IS NOT AUTHORIZED IN YOUR REGION. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tom Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Charly movie
This is a wonderful film. It arrived very quickly and I purchased it for a teacher to use with the class after reading the book. The students loved it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Estridge
1.0 out of 5 stars returned version of charly
you need to do a better job at letting people know which dvd's you sell on your web site are for the european audiences.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JOHN E FITZGERALD
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THE MOVIE.
RECORDED JUST AS I REMEMBERED IT IN THE 70'S. THE MOVIE WAS GREAT, THE CARITY WAS FANTASTIC. WILL WATCH AGAIN.
Published 4 months ago by WES DYMEN
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