Charly

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.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
71%
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Year:
1968
103 min
45 Views

Goethe saw that it was Faust's

relentless search for objectives...

In the end, Faust was saved

because he ceaselessly strove...

for the goal he had never obtained.

That's very good, Mrs. Gardner.

"Go to night school." It's very good.

There's only one thing wrong.

It's the word "night."

I know it sounds like N-l-T-E.

But we spell it...

N-l-G-H-T.

Night. Okay?

I can never get that one word, that "school."

- That's wrong, isn't it?

- Yeah.

It's S-C-H-O-O-L, Charly, not S-K.

S-C-H-O-O-L.

Okay, everybody.

Next Wednesday, we study through Page 20.

Good night.

I should like you to work very hard.

Whenever you can...

You must come next Wednesday.

- Every week, okay?

- Thank you very much.

Good night, Miss Kinnian.

Charly, we missed you.

At the clinic.

The doctors wanted to do some tests.

Yeah. Well, I forgot.

I went to the library.

I've never seen so many books in my life.

Don't forget the clinic tomorrow night.

No. I'm gonna write it down

on my blackboard twice, I promise.

- Good night.

- Good night, Miss Kinnian.

Hello, darling. Thanks for waiting for me.

Good night.

For instance, apples and pears.

They're both alike

because they're both fruit.

- Do you understand?

- Yeah.

Okay, we'll begin. Shoes and gloves.

Charly, shoes and gloves.

- My rabbit's foot.

- That's good, Charly.

Shoes...

Shoes, gloves.

Shoes and gloves.

- You wear them.

- That's right.

Airplane, automobile.

Airplane...

Automobile.

You ride in them.

Morning, afternoon.

Charly, you don't have to worry

about passing or failing. Not these tests.

That's a very funny face, Charly.

Charly, I'm going to

show you some pictures.

Look at me.

What happened in this picture?

What do you see?

- Is there something missing?

- No.

I want you to make up a story

about these people.

I can't make up a story...

- About people I don't know, Miss Kinnian.

- Yes, you can.

You can make-believe.

Make up a story.

Is that a family?

That's a family.

Who is this?

- That's a father.

- Right.

If that is the father, then who is this?

That's a mother.

If that is the mother...

Do you remember your mother?

Yeah, sometimes I remember her.

I think I remember her.

Sitting on the edge of a bed...

putting her hand on my head and saying,

"He's burning up."

But, then, maybe...

that was a woman at the institute,

I don't know.

Probably a woman at the institute.

Charly!

It's 5:
00, Charly.

Forgot what you have to do?

Finish the floor.

Come on, Charly, think.

You were gonna take something home.

Yeah.

For a minute there, Charly,

you had me worried.

You're always thinking such deep thoughts.

How you gonna remember a little thing

like your landlady's birthday?

Yeah, Mrs. Apple is gonna be real happy.

And thanks for making me remember, Gimp.

What are pals for, Charly?

Give me the broom.

Me and the boys will help you clean up.

- Right, fellas?

- Right!

Come on, Charly.

Gimp, what gives?

We filled his pail with raw dough

this morning, full of yeast.

It growed. It got big.

It growed. It got big.

Yeah, Charly again.

He has a marvelous opportunity.

Is that a him or a her?

- We call him Algernon.

- Algernon.

- Please, set up Number Four.

- All right. You can take it away now.

Now, you come, Charly,

and I'll show you something.

Okay, dear. See you at 9:00. Bye.

Doctor, why are you using the mouse test?

We're simply using a laboratory animal,

Mrs. Kinnian...

to spur the subject on to his best effort.

Now you and Algernon

are going to run a race.

Well, I can beat him

'cause I'm bigger than he is.

It's not that kind of race.

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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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