The Brain (1969 film)

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The Brain
Le cerveau.jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Gérard Oury
Produced by Alain Poiré
Written by Gérard Oury
Marcel Jullian
Danièle Thompson
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
David Niven
Eli Wallach
Silvia Monti
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Wladimir Ivanov
Edited by Albert Jurgenson
Distributed by Paramount
Release date
  • 7 March 1969 (1969-03-07) (France)
Running time
115 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $3.6 million[1]
Box office $41.6 million[2]

The Brain (French: Le Cerveau) is a 1969 French comedy film directed by Gérard Oury, about a second train robbery by the brains of the Great Train Robbery.


Two clumsy French thieves, Anatole and Arthur, plan a spectacular heist: the attack of a freight train which carries from Paris to Brussels the secret funds of NATO. They do not know that another team is planning the same attack, the same one which performed the Glasgow-London Great Train Robbery; the team is headed by "The Brain" (David Niven), a British criminal mastermind whose massive brain is so heavy that, when he has a strong emotion, he cannot keep his head upright. The Brain has also a deal with the Sicilian mafia.


The film was the most popular movie at the French box office in 1969.[3]


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  2. ^ Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  3. ^ "The World's Top Twenty Films." Sunday Times [London, England] 27 Sept. 1970: 27. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. accessed 5 Apr. 2014

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