The very sentimental CHARLY has not dated well, but still remains intriguing for its premise and for Cliff Robertson's Oscar-winning performance. He plays the title character, a retarded man who becomes a genius after having experimental surgery which has successfully cured mentally
defective mice. Charly then falls in love with his teacher (the luminous Claire Bloom), but when he learns that the operation's results are only temporary, he angrily denounces his doctors--and society--at a scientific symposium and eventually regresses to his former state.
Cliff Robertson, who had starred in TV versions of "The Hustler" and "Days of Wine and Roses," only to lose tho...