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The Brain

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The Brain (Le cerveau)
The Brain Poster.jpg
English Language Release Theatrical Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Gérard Oury
Release Date 1969
Language French
Studio Gaumont International
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
Main Cast
Character Actor
Arthur Lespinasse Jean-Paul Belmondo
Anatole Bourvil
The Brain/Colonel Matthews David Niven
Frankie Scannapieco Eli Wallach
Sofia Scannapieco Silvia Monti

The Brain (Le cerveau) is a 1969 French crime comedy directed by Gérard Oury and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Bourvil as two criminals who plan to rob a train that carries a large sum of cash, without knowing that the criminal mastermind "The Brain" (David Niven) has the same idea.

The following weapons were used in the film The Brain:


Colt Official Police

When Frankie Scannapieco (Eli Wallach) looks for his sister in Paris, he carries a Colt Official Police revolver with pearl grips.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Frankie aims his revolver at Arthur and Anatole.
The revolver is seen from the left...
...and from the right.
A close view of the revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 29

One of Frankie Scannapieco's bodyguards is armed with a large revolver that appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 29.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 - .44 Magnum
The bodyguard loads his revolver.
The muzzle is seen.



One of Frankie Scannapieco's bodyguards is seen with an M1911A1 pistol.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
The bodyguard draws his pistol...
...and puts it back in holster.

Luger P08

Bruno (Frank Valois), Frankie's manservant and driver, carries a Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Bruno draws his pistol.

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

Belgian MPs (Robert Dalban, Raoul Delfosse and a number of uncredited ones), guarding the money in the train, are armed with M1928A1 Thompson SMGs. The Brain's henchmen are also seen with Thompsons. During the hunt for The Brain in the ruins Frankie Scannapieco (Eli Wallach) is armed with M1928A1 that is fitted with drum magazine and a foregrip to look more "mobster style".

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
MPs with Thompsons stand in formation along the train while the cash is loaded on board.
An MP (Robert Dalban) with Thompson stops Arthur and Anatole, disguised as railway workers.
Thompsons are seen in the gun rack.
An MP (Robert Dalban) cleans his Thompson.
One of The Brain's henchmen, disguised as a firefighter, holds a Thompson.
Frankie raises his hands, taking the fireworks for shooting at him. Note the simplified L-shaped rear sight that allows to identify the SMG as M1928A1.
A close view of the Thompson.
Frankie fires his SMG.


In the night scene on the road the police carry MAT-49 SMGs.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
A policeman with MAT-49.
More MAT-49s are seen.
A close view of the barrel at the left.


Several MP40s are seen in Frankie Scannapieco's weapon case.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Three Mauser rifles, two Bazooka launchers and several MP40 SMGs drop from the case when Frankie opens the door.
An MP40 is seen better.


Mauser 98 Sporter

In one scene Frankie Scannapieco (Eli Wallach) fires a Mauser 98 Sporter with a sniper scope from the window of his villa.

German-style Mauser 98 Sporter Model B - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Frankie aims.
The rifle is entangled in the blinds. A "butterknife" bolt handle can be seen.
Frankie tries to fire but finds out that the sniper scope is collapsed to one side.
Frankie holds his rifle and covers his head when all his guns drop from the case.

Vz. 24 Rifle

Three Mauser rifles are seen in Frankie Scannapieco's weapon case. They look similar to Karabiner 98k but due to straight bolt handles they appear to be VZ-24 Czech Mauser rifles.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Three rifles, two Bazooka launchers and several MP40 SMGs drop from the case when Frankie opens the door.
A straight bolt handle is seen.


An L1A1 is seen in hands of a British Queen's Guard soldier in the opening scene.

L1A1 SLR - 7.62x51mm NATO. This is the later, typical version of the L1A1 which used black fiberglass furniture.
A guard holds an L1A1 with black furniture and fixed bayonet.

Various long guns

In the final scene US police officers are seen with various rifles and/or shotguns. Due to large distance they cannot be identified.

Police officers guard the freight car with cash.

Other Weapons

M9 Bazooka

Two M9 Bazooka launchers are seen in Frankie Scannapieco's weapon case.

M9 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
Three Mauser rifles, two Bazooka launchers and several MP40 SMGs drop from the case when Frankie opens the door.
A Bazooka is seen better when it hits Frankie's head.
Rear parts of two Bazooka are seen.

Toy Revolvers

During the robbery Arthur (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and Anatole (Bourvil) arm themselves with Western-style toy revolvers.

Arthur opens the box with two toy revolvers.

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