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Le Cerveau Details


The Brain (Le Cerveau) is a tongue-in-cheek caper film with more twists and turns than a rural Oregon highway. David Niven plays The Brain, so named because it was he who mapped out the British Great Train Robbery (it says here). Now The Brain plans to lift a fortune in NATO money, which is being shipped by train from France to Belgium. Complicating matters are a pair of free-lance thugs (Jean-Paul Belmondo and Bourvil), who hope to steal The Brain's plans and claim the money for themselves. A plot device derived from The Lavender Hill Mob involves a 50-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty. An amusing closing-credits bit caps this exhilarating exercise. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


as Anatole
David Niven
as Col. Carol Matthews
Jean-Paul Belmondo
as Arthur
Eli Wallach
as Scannapieco
Jacques Ciron
as L'inspecteur Duboeuf
Patrick Prejean
Jacques Balutin
as L'inspecteur Pochet
Henri Attal
Roger Lumont
Raoul Delfosse
Mario David
Silvia Monti
as Sofia
Dominique Zardi
John Rico
Max Montavon
Yves Barsacq
as Le gerant
Arch Taylor
Sophie Grimaldi
Fernand Guiot
as L'inspecteur Mazurel
Paul Mercey
Robert Dalban
as Belgian with a Cold
Tom Duggan
as Le superintendant Cummings
Fernand Valois
as Bruno
Henri Genes
as Le gardien-chef
Raymond Gerome
as Le Commanissaire


Gérard Oury
Alain Poiré
Gérard Oury
Dialogue Writer
Danièle Thompson
Dialogue Writer
Danièle Thompson
Danièle Thompson
Adaptation by
Gérard Oury
Gérard Oury
Adaptation by
Marcel Jullian
Dialogue Writer
Marcel Jullian
Marcel Jullian
Adaptation by
Armand Thirard
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Albert Jurgenson
Jean André
Art Director
Tanine Autre
Costume Designer
Alain Poiré
Line Producer