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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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9 May 2008 (USA)  »

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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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Did You Know?


The title "Nest of Spies" has previously been used as a title in spy movies. It was the British title of the sixties Eurospy spy spoof movie Danger!! Death Ray (1967) known also as "Danger!! Death Ray" or "Death Ray". This movie has Secret Agent Bart Fargo chase the kidnappers of the inventor of a death ray. The title was also used as a TV Title for the French film Alerte au deuxième bureau (1956). "Casablanca, Nest of Spies" was also the International English title for the European co-production, Casablanca, Nest of Spies (1963). 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 »


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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8 May 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

As a French, i found it very pleasant to be able to laugh at the old stereotype which is made of French like that, at some defaults of Westerners, at Spy movies etc...and at a lot of other things too, en route... I already saw it 3 times and each time i discovered new things and laughed to tears... Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Béjo, Aure Atika the director and all the cast, all the crew did a fantastic job. This movie is funny but is although much more than that : it's got plenty of levels to it. You laugh because of simple gags, because of some critics made with wit (the movie's courageous enough to be critical), because of physical comedy, because you believe in the characters etc... Esthetically and musically, it's a success too. Go see it if you can.

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