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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:

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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

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

Frankie Scannapieco: [to Sofia] I gave my word to mother and father that I would keep you as pure as gold. That's why I didn't take you to America.
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Connections

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

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Cento Giorni
Written by Mogol - Soffici
Performed by Caterina Caselli
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The Brain (aka Le Cerveau)
22 June 2005 | by Michel ThiranSee all my reviews

The Brain is truly a French Comedy in every sense. Although sometimes bordering on the absurd, it was done with such a subtlety that it all seems comically real. In Addition to David Niven and Eli Wallach, two very know French actor/comedians, namely Bourvil and Jean Paul Belmondo, also star in this movie, making the movie complete.

The plot, A maxi Robbery by mini thieves, the many twists, the surprise ending, the Statue of liberty and a Leopard in a laundry room was all it took to make this fabulous comedy.

If you can get your hands on this movie at your local video store, don't pass it by. Though made in 1969, it has become a timeless classic.

Other Movies with Bourvil that are worth watching: La Grande Vadrouille and Le Corniaud (The Sucker)


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