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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions (original title)
Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.

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Raymond Pelletier
Khalid Maadour ...
Le suiveur
Youssef Hamid ...
L'imam
Arsène Mosca ...
Loktar
Constantin Alexandrov ...
Setine
Claude Brosset ...
Le patron
Laurent Bateau ...
Gardenborough
Saïd Amadis ...
Le ministre égyptien
Eric Prat ...
Plantieux
Abdellah Moundy ...
Slimane (as Abdallah Moundy)
Philippe Lefebvre ...
Jack Jefferson
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Moeller
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La princesse Al Tarouk
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An homage to classic spy films. It's 1955 and after a fellow agent and close friend disappears, secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is to be his cover while he is busy investigating, foiling Nazi holdouts, quelling a fundamentalist rebellion, and bedding local beauties. Written by Signy

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Budget:

€14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,418 (USA) (9 May 2008)

Gross:

$302,752 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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Trivia

Scenes of this film were shot in Casablanca, Morocco, at the "Habuse", a tourist area with many shops as well as homes, with small alleyways. The shopkeepers were paid a days projected income to close shop for the day. One homeowner's doorway was to be prominently featured, but the man would not step out of his doorway. He was trying to squeeze more money out of the producers. As a result, the crew built a back-drop made with some 2X4's and a Moroccan rug. About 20 minutes later several conservative Muslims staged a sit-in to try to get money. The filmmakers decided to shoot elsewhere in the city. See more »

Goofs

After the mambo sequence, the band begins playing a twist-style piece of music and Hubert begins dancing the twist. However, the film is set in 1955, at least five years before the twist was popularized. See more »

Quotes

Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: You're not like those men.
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: I am! I fight to be respected.
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: Too bad they're not like you. If their bodies were as shapely as yours, I'd switch teams...
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: Don't you ever talk about my body!
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: [Starts untying himself while talking to Larmina] ... If they had such round breasts, such captivating cleavage, nipples that perked up at the slightest emotion or breeze. Nipples that you want to nibble... so pink, so healthy, swelling with life...
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: You're a fool!
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: [Has untied himself] Yes, but I'm free!
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Connections

References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Bambino
Original lyrics by Nicolas Salerno (as Nisa)
Music by Giuseppe Fanciulli (as G. Fanciulli)
Adaptation française de Jacques Larue
Avec l'aimable autorisation de S.E.M.I.
Performed by Jean Dujardin (as Malou sur Mort de Jack)
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Light and refreshing - a must see
9 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is probably one of the best French movies I had seen in a very long time! This "pastiche" or parody of spy movies is very well made and is going to make you laugh from the beginning to the end. Some references to today's world are very subtle. The whole Maroccan context of the movie is to be understood in light of today's French culture/environment. That said, all the jokes and - seemingly - shocking remarks that could have been understood as such because of this context, are permitted and accepted because this is a parody.

I was told by my sisters who had already seen this movie that I should go too and assured me that I was going to have a great time, and indeed I had! If you liked the old 007 movies with Sean Connery and also like movies like Airplane or Hot Shots, you will be delighted. I just hope this movie is released on DVD in the US... Wait and see.


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