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The Brain (1969)

Le cerveau (original title)
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When NATO transfers some of its funds from Paris to Brussels by train, a criminal mastermind posing as a British colonel plans to steal it but two petty French thieves also have the same intent.

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Gérard Oury
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Arthur Lespinasse
Bourvil ... Anatole
David Niven ... Colonel Carol Matthews
Eli Wallach ... Frankie Scannapieco
Silvia Monti ... Sofia
Raymond Gérôme Raymond Gérôme ... Le commissaire bègue
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... L'inspecteur Pochet
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... Un homme de la bande
Yves Barsacq Yves Barsacq ... Un gardien de prison
Jacques Ciron Jacques Ciron ... L'inspecteur Duboeuf
Robert Dalban ... Le policier militaire belge enrhumé
Mario David ... Jean-François - un antiquaire
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Un policier militaire belge
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... Le superintendant Cummings
Henri Génès ... Le gardien-chef de la prison de Poissy
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Storyline

Arthur and Anatole are two little robbers. They want to rob money, money that will travel in a special train from Paris to Bruxelles. They don't know that other people have planned to do the same thing. Written by Jean-Yves Simon <simon@wotangate.micro.ti.com>

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"The Brain" is Rocking the World with Laughter! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

13 November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Brain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$41,600,000, 31 December 1969
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film has been shot in two languages (French and English) with the same cast. See more »

Goofs

Halfway through the film, when the train is shot from above in the countryside the shadow of the helicopter flying over is clearly visible on the side of the rail-track. See more »

Quotes

Anatole: You're not thinking of hijacking 14 nations?
Arthur Lespinasse: It's not like France is still under NATO.
Anatole: Okay. That changes everything, but...
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Connections

Referenced in Particka: Episode #3.10 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

The Brain
Written by Georges Delerue
Performed by American Breed
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Funny from the first to the last minute
14 April 2005 | by agcpmtn-1See all my reviews

Though it was a long time ago I watched this movie, I remember most of it and also the laughter it provided; in fact this was the time I got to know David Niven and Jean Paul Belmondo fine comedy acting. At the time I was about 15 and was getting started in the fine art of watching good movies, so this one really impressed me. . It is 60's style humor alright, if you're into special effects and high tech stuff, you may not appreciate it. I would love to see it re-released it on DVD, it is as good or better than the inspector Clouseau's Movies (and the Pink Panther, featuring David Niven too, is a fine comedy movie) Don't let it go into oblivion. If you ever watch it, prepare yourself for some good laughs.


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