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Brain [Blu-ray] (1969)

Jean-Paul Belmondo , David Niven , Gérard Oury  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, David Niven, Eli Wallach, Bourvil, Silvia Monti
  • Directors: Gérard Oury
  • Format: Widescreen, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: French, English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, German
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008U3PHJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A special train has been commissioned to convey secret NATO funds from Paris to Brussels. Criminals on both sides of the channel plan to hijack the train: on the French side, Arthur (Jean-Paul Belmondo), a resourceful small-time crook and his pal Anatole (Bourvil); on the English side, the Brian (David Niven), a brilliant super criminal wanted all over the world. Standing in their way is Scanapicco (Eli Wallach), a gangster who wants "the Brain" dead for more than one reason. This is the original uncut and un-dubbed French version of the film. The US version was 15 minutes shorter and was dubbed in English.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch comedy September 3, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
A great David Niven comedy. If you like those 60s cops and robbers comedies like the Pink Panther you will probably enjoy this.
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Headlined by Jean-Paul Belmondo and Bourvil at the height of their fame, The Brain aka Le Cerveau is a slightly silly 1969 French caper comedy with one eye firmly on the English language market with the casting of David Niven and Eli Wallach, though Olive's new Blu-ray and DVD release is of the French-language version that's some 15 minutes longer than the simultaneously shot abridged English language version released in the US, with Niven and Wallach rather impressively delivering their French and Italian dialogue themselves rather than being dubbed. Niven is the Brain of the title, the criminal mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery whose cerebrum is so large that in moments of stress his neck can't support it, and Wallach the Mafioso he wants to launder his loot from an encore of his greatest triumph with a NATO train carrying a $16m payroll. Unfortunately Belmondo's escaped small time convict and his reluctant pal Bourvil are planning to take the same train using the Brain's earlier plan, and even more unfortunately the highly possessive Wallach isn't too wild about the interest all of the would-be robbers take in his innocent sister (Silvia Monti) who's desperate to lose her innocence...

There's nothing terribly original here even in 1969 but there are a couple of nicely executed cartoonish touches, including a nice animated sequence (who'd have thought master criminals had teams of animators in their gangs?), and an enjoyably destructive bit of business with a pet leopard and a giant fishtank en route to the robbery and a Statue of Liberty finale. Belmondo gets to perform a few stunts, Niven gets to display his effortless charming scoundrel routine and, thankfully, director Gerard Oury keeps it all from going too far over the top even if it does drag a bit in places.
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2.0 out of 5 stars no english audio December 11, 2013
By walid54
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It said it had english audio. .. it did not. Even though it has English subtitles and it is a very good and funny movie. I was disappointed when I coild not find english audio when you clearly stated it did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very humoristic February 14, 2014
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Be ready for a mix of French and British humor. It's a classic in France (French title : Le Cerveau)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was the thought that counts! Pun intended! December 16, 2013
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
A fun caper film with David Niven as the master criminal who is more of an anti hero compared to Elli Wallach who delivers his wonderful over the top mafia boss bit. Dated by todays standards but another nostalgic romp from the films of my youth. Mssr. Belmondo is great as the daring young wrench in the gears.
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