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Charly (2002)

Sam Roberts thinks he has all the answers: the purpose of life, the meaning of love, the plan for a perfect future. Until Charly walks into his life.


Jack Weyland (novel), Janine Whetten Gilbert (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Hoop ... Sam Roberts (as Jeremy Elliott)
Randy King Randy King ... Frank Roberts
Heather Beers ... Charlene 'Charly' Riley
Lindsay Killian Lindsay Killian ... Convertible Girl
Adam Johnson ... Mark Reynolds
Mary Merrill Mary Merrill ... Mark's Secretary
Tyson Anderegg Tyson Anderegg ... Airport Toddler
Gene A. Turner Gene A. Turner ... Ticket Seller (as Gene Turner)
Bernie Diamond Bernie Diamond ... Rafferty (as Bernie M. Diamond)
Gary Neilson Gary Neilson ... Edward Riley
Lisa McCammon Lisa McCammon ... Clair Riley
Jackie Winterrose-Fuller Jackie Winterrose-Fuller ... Ena Riley
Amy Oberg Johnson Amy Oberg Johnson ... Relief Society Patron
Leslie Richards Leslie Richards ... Waitress
Nicola Bullock Nicola Bullock ... Sister Missionary


Sam Roberts thinks he has all the answers: the purpose of life, the meaning of love, the plan for a perfect future. Until Charly walks into his life. As different as Salt Lake City and New York City, Sam and Charly are thrown together by circumstance and repelled by differences. He's scheduled and idealistic. She's spontaneous and cynical. He's guarded and practical. She's open and mischevious. He's a Mormon. She isn't. Differences spark interest, though, as Charly finds depth in Sam's idealism and Sam seeks the vibrance of Charly's joie de vivre. But all is not smooth in the Rockies, as their relationship accelerates - cultural differences, family issues, former loves and life-altering challenges threaten to shake things up. Written by Anonymous

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Real Love Stories Have No Ending


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements

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Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Weyland's Charly See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,900, 29 September 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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When Adam says "mama" we can see his hand partially covering his face and it is clear that the audio has been dubbed. See more »


Charly: Sam, wait up. Don't go, let's talk.
Sam: How could you do this to me?
Charly: To you?
Sam: You're not who I thought you were.
Charly: Sam, I had a life before I met you, I did. But it was different then, and I was different then. Sam... Sam, look at me. You introduced me to a new way of looking at life, but it's not going to mean much to me unless you're a part of it. Sam... Sam, I think I just told you I love you. Sam, please say something. What do you want?
Sam: I don't know. Not used merchandise.
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Referenced in The Singles Ward (2002) See more »


St. Angelos
Written by Rodney Strong
Performed by Michael Dowdle
Arranged & Produced by Michael Dowdle
Under license from Captain Keys Publishing & Cinergy Films (BMI)
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Don't fear the religious.
11 June 2004 | by surgebroSee all my reviews

Cynics may say that the movie intends to tell everyone to join the Mormon Church. The main character's decision to join or not only occurs in the first half of the movie. The rest deals with the relationship between Charly and Sam, including the arguments, hardships and tragedies that happen IN SPITE OF their faith. To me, that's what makes the movie such a good idea: sure, the main characters talk about baptism, but they do it with personality, and they never turn to the camera and say that the Mormon church is for everyone. I call that tasteful. I was especially impressed with the supporting characters, like Charly's grandmother and the fiancée. The parts were well-acted, and fleshed out the story nicely. The questions and ideas this movie proposes about life are just as difficult and commonly asked today as they were when the original book was written. While you watch the movie be sure to accept that some people actually choose to believe in something.

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