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The Brain (1969)

Le cerveau (original title)
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 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:

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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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

In an early segment, a TV news update announces a big clue about the crook known as The Brain. He has a very large cerebrum and under stress or anxiety, his neck can't support his head. So, his head drops to one side (left or right). The next scene shows Col. Matthews with his head dropping to the side. He is then identified and flees in a police chase. He holds his head upright with his hand until he gets into his limo and escapes. But he never has another instance in which his head drops in the film. Not even in several scenes that would be highly stressful to any human being - i.e., when his apartment is all but destroyed, or when he's stuffed in a box, or when he's being chased and shot at. See more »

Quotes

Col. Carol Matthews: [Finding the train car empty but the gang telling him the bags are all loaded below] I do not understand. Strange. And I'm so clever.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Cento Giorni
Written by Mogol - Soffici
Performed by Caterina Caselli
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Wish this would be issued on DVD
22 November 2005 | by grahamcallanderSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie in 1971. My brother and I liked it so much that we saw it twice (we still use lines from it in conversation). Wish it would be issued on DVD. When I saw it again after a lapse of over 30 years, I was delighted to see skits I had forgotten about. This movie is stuffed full of hilarious moments. I have a badly scratched VHS version (a former rental), but it's still a lot of fun to watch. Bourvil (Anatole) and Jean-Paul Belmondo (Arthur) have some memorable bits of dialog and wonderful on-screen rapport. David Niven (Colonel Matthews) is the dashing villain with the brain, and he delivers his usual polished performance. I was never much of a fan of Eli Wallach's movies, but he's pretty good here as a gangster guarding his sister's virginity.


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