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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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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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Award : Raimu de la mise en scène (France, 2006). See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film when OSS 117 and Larmina are talking about the arms trade on the pier at 9pm, OSS 117 wonders what time it is, looks at his watch and says it is 10 to 7 although his watch show 5 past 8. See more »

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Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: [At a Suez Canal panoramic view point] It's breathtaking. I love panoramic views. This one is stunning. Your civilization truly is grandiose! To build this 4000 years ago was visionary.
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: The Suez Canal was built 86 years ago.
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: Really? But what a source of national pride!
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: It has international status. An English company runs it. Nothing here is Egyptian, except for the workers killed while building it.
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Followed by OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009) See more »

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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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Shplendid!
19 November 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Jean Dujardin gets Connery's mannerisms down pat: the adjusting the cuff links when entering a club as all the women turn to admire him, the nonchalant straightening and smoothing down of the tie, the swaggering, steely gait. It's uncanny, and you come to realise just how much of Bond in the Sixties was Connery's creation and not really Ian Fleming's character.

The cinematography is a nod to those early films, the movie takes off From Russia With Love and Thunderball mainly. The main joke is how chauvinistic the hero is, not just in terms of sexism but nationalism and colonialism, and how he puts noses out of joint when he is sent to Egypt.

It's not perfect - about 20 mins in it seems a one-joke movie and bits of it remind one of spoofs of the day, of which there were plenty. Morcecambe and Wise's The Intelligence Men had suspect-looking men in fez's following their heroes around too, and that's going back a bit. Unlike Sellers' Clouseau or Baron Cohen's Borat, Dujardin doesn't give his character that layer of realness or genuine pathos - he is too busy perfecting his Connery mannerisms. It doesn't do enough with the credits or a big song, and there's no funny or serious villain, like Mike Myers' Dr Evil or Ricardo Montalban's Naked Gun nemesis, for the hero to go up against.

But the scene where OSS117 wakes up in Cairo one morning had me laughing out loud in the three-quarters empty cinema, and the whole thing looks wonderful, plus you'll never get a chance to see Operation Kid Brother on the screen, and the women are ace crumpet, really hot. It's a Bond spoof without falling into the mad scientist/Ken Adam sets or funny gadgets routine. Throughly recommended.


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