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Brain [Blu-ray]

3.2 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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The mastermind of Britain's great train robbery plans to rob a French train of NATO money bound for Brussels.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jean-Paul Belmondo, David Niven, Eli Wallach, Bourvil, Silvia Monti
  • Directors: Gérard Oury
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • 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:
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  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008U3PHJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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In French with English subtitles. A heist comedy in which Murphy's Law (If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong) and its first corollary (If nothing can go wrong, it will anyway) are on full display. The Brain's (David Niven) master plan is bedeviled by the fact that a pair of petty crooks are attempting to rob the same train and that his Mafia backers are trying to stab him in the back. The result is chaos and frustration for all involved.
The robbery plot is very similar to the real Great Bank Robbery, which was very recent, and suffered a similar farcical flaw - the retired train engineer the robbers relied on drove mainly yard engines and proved unable to drive a main line engine.
Since much of the movie is slapstick and situational, the subtitles do not get in the way.
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Belmondo and Niven usually provide more bang for the buck than is exhibited in this movie. This is watchable, but not nearly as good as it should have been. Not much more I can say about it. Check out Niven in "The Moon is Blue" and Belmondo in "That Man From Rio"... both outstanding comedies from the same era.
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Don't let the fact that this film features David Niven and Eli Wallach fool you, this is a French film through and through. The slapstick comedy is overdone by American standards but that is what French audiences of that era liked. It does have its moments and the shooting locations in Britain and France are interesting. While not a great film by any means, it does provide an evening of light entertainment.
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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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This is not "The Brain" (English version). It's "Le Cerveau", which was the French film shot concurrently with The Brain but which is not an identical film and so it will be singularly unsatisfying for an Anglophone such as myself. I sent it back.
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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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