OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)
"OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions" (original title)

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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)  »

Also Known As:

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies  »

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€14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Award : Raimu de la mise en scène (France, 2006). 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: [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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A very fresh exercise
23 April 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Excellent exercise on multiple plans:

  • showing the not yet ended colonialism spirit in France

  • more generally the boring mindset of superiority from all western


  • a renewal of the spy and thriller movies: OSS 117 is uncultured and


The good idea is that, in spite of all these messages, it is a funny film, plenty of jokes and gags, very light and sparkling.

Special mention to Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

Definitely worth seeing. Wonder how it will be appreciated in US?

Seems to be a success in France, so probably a next version will come.

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