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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

It is known from this movie which is partially set in Cairo/Egypt that Agent OSS 117 (Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath) played by Jean Dujardin is a spoof of Sean Connery's interpretation of James Bond seen predominantly during the 1960s. Connery though did not actually appear as James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), the only James Bond movie set in Cairo, Egypt. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1955. The song "Guaglione" (aka "Bambino"), of which Hubert sings an Arabic version, was written and recorded for the first time in 1956. See more »

Quotes

Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: [to Larmina, while having breakfast] By the way, I was woken by a guy screaming on a tower. I couldn't sleep... I had to shut him up.
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: A muezzin? You shut up a muezzin?
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: The...?
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: ...Muezzin. He was calling for prayer.
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: Oh, I didn't know. That's what the ruckus was. The screaming, the mike... Yours is a very strange religion. You'II grow tired of it.
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Connections

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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A fun silly comedy. Look for sequels
19 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this at the 2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival where it ended up as one of the audience favorites. This is a spoof on the french cottage industry of OSS 117 films of the 50's and 60's. The first OSS 117 film based on the novel by Jean Bruce was brought to the screen in 1956, long before the first James Bond film, staring Ivan Desny as Hubert Bonisseur De La Bath and six subsequent action adventure spy films were made up to 1970 with Luc Merenda, Frederick Stafford, Kerwin Matthews and John Gaven all taking turns as Oss 117. Jean Dujardin is in the title role in this comedic take on the series. As the film begins set in 1945 he has a french mustache and resembles Desny but as the film begins it's setting of 1955 he really looks like Sean Connery. Jean François Halim wrote this hilarious screenplay of a spy sent to Egypt to investigate the murder of a friend. It borrows on the silliness of Naked Gun, Get Smart and the Pink Panther and uses fresh humor on current events in a delightful combination that international audiences will enjoy and I am sure this will be the only the first of more to come of a revived OSS 117 reworked to comedy adventures. Michel Hazanavicius directs. I would give this a 7.5 and recommend it.


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