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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Pelletier
Khalid Maadour ...
Le suiveur
Youssef Hamid ...
Arsène Mosca ...
Constantin Alexandrov ...
Claude Brosset ...
Le patron
Laurent Bateau ...
Saïd Amadis ...
Le ministre égyptien
Eric Prat ...
Abdellah Moundy ...
Slimane (as Abdallah Moundy)
Philippe Lefebvre ...
Jack Jefferson
La princesse Al Tarouk


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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Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office


€14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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The opening title animation is an homage to the work of Saul Bass, a titles designer noted for his animated titles. The striking of the gong is likely an homage to the trademark opening titles of J. Arthur Rank films, where a large gong is struck. See more »


When OSS 117 learns to count in Arabic, Larmina coaches him: "Wahed, Jouj...". She should be counting in Egyptian Arabic, but instead she uses Moroccan Arabic. An Egyptian would not use (or understand) "Jouj" for two. The word is "Itnayn". See more »


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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Spoofs From Here to Eternity (1953) See more »


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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heeeeey but...but it' really funny!
20 May 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Seems like M.Hazanavicius is back!The man behind "la classe américaine" comes back with a really fun and clever sequel to those old-fashioned OSS-117...Whereas directors tend to "over-actualize" sequels of old classics (remember the avengers,urk), Hazanavicius chose to work on a really cheap hero, OSS-117, a kind of low-budget french 007, and decides to do it in a old-school way...The photography, the body attitudes, the fights choreography and the FX, everything is like an homage to the way films were made back in the 50s.And it works, as the tone and jokes of the movie are really good! Jean Dujardin embodies perfectly this stupid-arrogant-macho-selfish french spy, lost in a country he understands only in terms of folklore and inferiority.Yes, that's it, just the way the occident uses to consider its colonies back then (and, oh no, I won't say it has anything to do with what happens nowadays in the very same area...ah ah)...He just looks like an unfrozen Lino Ventura, with something like 40 pounds less, which is perfect for the role.The other members of the cast fit perfectly as well, with all you can dream of Russian spies, Egyptian independantists and former Nazis.And of course, the women, as there has to be "femmes fatales" in any good spy-movies... The plot is good (maybe not brilliant but really good enough...), taking place between actual historical facts, and remembering us in a funny way how France (and the others) treated its colonies back in those days. It all starts in 1955 with a British spy disappearing while tracking a Russian cargo full of weapons in Suez.Then France sends his best friend, agent OSS-117, to discover what happened to both the shipment and the agent... The fact is that this agent is really as dumb as can be, and he slips through the story without even understanding it, solving it in a very clouseau-esquire way. I have to say I had a bad feeling about the movie, as the publicity made around it was quite frightening, and as french humor tends to be quite populist and flat (forget about les bronzés 3 or camping...) but I was really surprised, and in the good way! I highly recommend it, whether you want a good parody of Bond-esquire movies (much more fun than in D.E.B.S. for example, but less skirts) or you're a fan of that genuine and candid way of filming they had back in the 5Os. Yes, that's it clever and (really!) funny, you've got the point once again Mr Hazanavicius!

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