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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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€14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

The German title of this film, "OSS 117 - Der Spion, der sich liebte", is a prank on the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). It literally means "OSS 117 - The Spy Who Loved Himself". See more »

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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

Moeller: [to Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath "OSS 117", alias Mr. Bramard] I would love to show you the Pyramids, Mr. Bramard.
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: I would love you as a guide. The mystery of the pyramids is that of unattainable conscience.
Setine: Pharaohs were buried with their servants.
Moeller: When we die, we want everything to stop.
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: It is the cycle of life itself. When someone or something dies, someone or something is born.
Setine: We try to forget we're animals, but nature keeps reminding us. Sometimes cruelly.
Moeller: Scientists experiment on fruit ...
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Un clair de Lune à Maubeuge
Written by Pierre Perrin (as P. Perrin), Claude Blondy (as C.L. Blondy)
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The best spoof I've seen on years!
12 April 2009 | by (Capital, Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

OSS 117 was fun from start to finish.

It's difficult to define why one film touches or connects with you or not, and I won't try to analyze such perfect comedy, so politically incorrect that even academic papers should be dedicated to it :)!

Everything is old fashioned here, from women's clothes (sigh!), Mambo dance, the "hero singing"... ("Bambino" sounds like an Italian canzonetta sung in... arabic :)!).

Hubert is physically imposing, but dumb as hell. From all the 007s, he looks like Sean Connery, but is definitely more sympa because he's... silly, speaks his mind all the time, giggles, even has some homoerotic fantasies and there are rumours about him. In short, as an anti hero, he rocks :)! Sometimes he only raises his eyebrows or frowns, and that's all it takes to make you laugh.

Bérénice Bejo is the true queen of the film. Graceful, treacherous but with ideals. Aure Atika, to the contrary, is reduced to a femme fatale of sorts. It's surprising to see her that "sexy bomb", thou.

You just can't compare it with "Austin Powers"! I agree with Amazon's D. Hartley (Seattle, WA) on it being respectful to the genre.

Which is your favourite scene? One of my favourite scenes is the "fight of the chickens" with the masked villain. But the truly perfect one is when chatting at the cocktail with his contacts, how they all mutter platitudes with confidence... This scene alone makes the comedy genre worthwhile.


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