Synopsis: Charly is an adult male with a cognitive disability struggling to survive in the modern world. His frequent attempts at learning, reading, and writing prove difficult. His teacher, Miss Kinian, takes Charly to the clinic where he is observed by doctors who have Charly "race" a mouse, Algernon. Algernon is usually the winner thanks to an experiment that greatly raised his intelligence. This experiment is given to Charly, who at first does not seem affected. However, he becomes more logically advanced, eventually becoming a pure genius. Emotional and intra-personal consequences are involved when Charly learns the truth of the experiment, and struggles with whether or not the procedure was a good idea.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Ralph Nelson
Production: Cinerama
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
103 min

- Charly, what does this look like?

- It's a puzzle.

Very good, that's right. Now watch.

We put Algernon in here to start.

Then we put some food in here,

at the finish.

And Algernon knows

he must find his way through the puzzle...

if he wants to get the food.

- And if he don't?

- Then he doesn't get to eat it.

He don't?

Don't worry, Charly. He won't go hungry.

Now, Charly...

this is a diagram.

Diagram? It's exactly the same

as Algernon's puzzle.

You'll take this pencil and draw...

from the start to the finish...

without going through any of the lines.

You'll start at the same time

Algernon does...

and we'll see who gets through first.

Do you understand, Charly?



Very good.

He beat me.

He beat me. I didn't know mice are so smart.

Come on, Charly, cheer up.

How would you feel

if you was dumber than a mouse?

Good night, Miss Kinnian.

Charly, aren't you gonna ask me up?

I've never once seen your apartment.

I'd like to see it.

- Well, it's just a room.

- It doesn't matter.

It's upstairs.

Can you imagine, Monty?

Charly Gordon with a girl.

He better have her out by 10:00.

There will be no hokey-pokey in my house.

- It's just a room, Miss Kinnian.

- It's very nice.

Who are they?

That's Gimpy and the guys at the bakery.

They are my best friends.

Charly, may I have a glass of water, please?

Yeah. Would you...

- Would you like a soda pop?

- Yeah. That will be fine.

- How about you?

- No, that's okay.

- Would you like to sit down?

- Yeah, I would.

Grab a chair.

Thank you.

I'll sit in this chair.

It's little, but it's good.

I had a radio but it got busted.

- Charly?

- Yeah?

Can you keep a secret?

Yeah. I'm a good secret keeper.

That mouse you raced today.

Yeah, that Algernon.

He was very special.

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Stirling Silliphant

Stirling Dale Silliphant (January 16, 1918 – April 26, 1996) was an American screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his screenplay for In the Heat of the Night, for which he won an Academy Award in 1967, and for creating the television series Naked City and Route 66. Other features as screenwriter include the Irwin Allen productions The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure. more…

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