This is my 2987th Review
Thanks to Damien of Riley on Film for this recommendation.
Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Mar 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A mentally retarded man is enrolled in an experiment that will make him smarter at an accelerated rate.
My Take on it – This is yet another film in this series that I had heard about, but for some reason never got around to seeing it.
Cliff Robertson is truly amazing in the title role because he is able to play a character who’s intelligence level keeps changing as the film progresses and it all seems quite believable the entire time.
He definitely deserved his Oscar for Best Actor for this role.
This is a story that might work even better today than it did nearly 50 years ago due to the advancements in science that we have experienced since this was made, the ideas presented here seem very plausible.
They do an excellent job showing how one’s perspective on life could change when seeing how science is enacted. We see this via multiple characters which makes this even more interesting to watch unfold.
The love story is very rushed but still seems a bit possible in the time frame of the film.
Bottom Line – Robertson is amazing here and truly deserved his Best Actor Oscar because he is able to play this character at multiple intelligence levels and we believe it. The story would still work extremely well today and especially with the advancements in science over the past 50 years, the ideas presented here seem quite plausible. Really liked how we get to see how a persons outlook on the world and life could change after such an experiment. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Cliff Robertson saw more than one TV production he’d starred in turned into hit movies with other actors (such as Days of Wine and Roses (1962)), so when he starred in the 1961 The United States Steel Hour (1953) production of “The Two Worlds of Charlie Gordon,” based on the novel “Flowers for Algernon” by Daniel Keyes, he bought the rights and later was responsible for turning that story into this film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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