The Brain


1h 55m 1969

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Il cervello, Le cerveau
MPAA Rating
G
Genre
Comedy
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 13 Nov 1969
Production Company
Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.; Gaumont International
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

The Brain, wanted by the police for the Glasgow-London train robbery, leaves his villa in Sicily, hires Mafia chief Scannapieco, and heads for Paris, where he is assigned as security guard for a train carrying $12 million to NATO headquarters in Brussels. Intending to repeat his earlier successful robbery, The Brain encounters competition from Arthur, an escaped convict, and his friend Anatole. The two men get away with the money but throw the bags over a bridge and into the arms of The Brain. Scannapieco then doublecrosses his partner because The Brain has been having an affair with the Mafia chief's sister, Sofia. At the dock at Le Havre, Scannapieco is arrested by the police, who believe him to be The Brain; meanwhile, Arthur discovers that Scannapieco had hidden the money inside a replica of the Statue of Liberty being shipped from France to New York. When the bottom of the statue is opened, however, the $12 million is scattered by the wind. Anatole, Arthur, and The Brain arrive in New York Harbor aboard the ship as The Brain plans to lead an assault on a $50 million gold shipment destined for Fort Knox.

Film Details

Also Known As
Il cervello, Le cerveau
MPAA Rating
G
Genre
Comedy
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 13 Nov 1969
Production Company
Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica S.p.A.; Gaumont International
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

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

Notes

Opened in Paris in March 1969 as Le Cerveau and in Italy in 1969 as Il Cervello. Original running time: 115 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 1969

Released in United States on Video September 9, 1992

Franscope

Released in United States Fall October 1969

Released in United States on Video September 9, 1992