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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.

Director:

Gérard Oury

Writers:

Gérard Oury (a film by), Gérard Oury (scenario adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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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 has rocked the world with laughter! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

13 November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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

The first car of the train would definitely not be used in a passenger train and must have carried the crew's equipment. Placing the safe car in the middle of the consist prevents passengers from going from the tail to the head of the train. The first explosion breaks the air brake circuit, then the whole train should stop, not only the tail cars. 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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Alternate Versions

The alternate English version runs 95 minutes (20 less than the French version). See more »

Connections

Edited into Lo schermo a tre punte (1995) See more »

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Sophia
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Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Oury Standards Are Maintained !
28 November 2004 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

Occasionally seen on TV in France, this film has now been issued on a double DVD in France with French subtitles only. Picture quality is superb ( THX Standard ). The film is extremely entertaining, to say the least, quite normal as the directer is the great Gérard Oury and on a par with such films as Le Corniaud or La Grande Vadrouille. I'm sure it's well known across the world, even if people don't know its title, if only because of David Niven's head that slants to one side because his brain's too heavy. There's a mixture of actors here, some French, some foreign and it has that light hearted happy-go-lucky-swinging-sixties look as typified by the Italian Job and other similar films. Knowing the perverse nature of things, now that this commentary has been written, the film will probably turn up on DVD in the coming months !! Let's hope so anyway !


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