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Friday August 17th 2018

Charly | 1968

Charly location: G Street, Boston
Charly location: Charly’s home: G Street, Boston

Cliff Robertson (Uncle Ben in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man) won Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as the mentally-challenged bakery worker who becomes a genius after experimental surgery, only to realize that the effects are only temporary. It had been a pet project of his since he played the role in a TV production.

The film was made in Boston, where Charly Gordon lives in South Boston at 106 G Street, a couple of doors down from the obstetric nurse visited by Paul Newman in Sidney Lumet’s The Verdict.

Charly location: Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Charly location: the ‘Nemur-Straus Clinic’, where the mind-altering experiments are performed: Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

The ‘Nemur-Straus Clinic’, where the mind-altering experiments are performed on Charly, is 5 Commonwealth Avenue, at Arlington Street, just west of Boston Public Garden, (where you’ll find the famous bench from Good Will Hunting).

And a few blocks east of Charly’s home in South Boston, you’ll find the L Street Tavern, famous from the same film