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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 9 May 2008 (USA)
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Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.

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Jean-François Halin (scenario), Jean Bruce (novel) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117
François Damiens ... Raymond Pelletier
Khalid Maadour Khalid Maadour ... Le suiveur
Youssef Hamid Youssef Hamid ... L'imam
Arsène Mosca Arsène Mosca ... Loktar
Constantin Alexandrov Constantin Alexandrov ... Setine
Claude Brosset Claude Brosset ... Le patron
Laurent Bateau Laurent Bateau ... Gardenborough
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ... Le ministre égyptien
Eric Prat Eric Prat ... Plantieux
Abdellah Moundy Abdellah Moundy ... Slimane (as Abdallah Moundy)
Philippe Lefebvre Philippe Lefebvre ... Jack Jefferson
Richard Sammel ... Moeller
Aure Atika ... La princesse Al Tarouk
Bérénice Bejo ... Larmina El Akmar Betouche
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Storyline

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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The Prride of French Intelligence


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According to the DVD extras, this movie was influenced by several films; Dr No; two or three Hitchcock films: The Man Who Knew Too Much, North by Northwest, Vertigo; as well as the original OSS 117 films directed by André Hunebelle in the 60s. See more »

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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: And I know who you are. You're not a Lebanese reporter based in Rome, but the niece of Egypt's King Farouk.
La princesse Al Tarouk: I'm his niece, but he's no longer king. He was exiled three years ago by the vile Nasser, may the maggot rot in hell!
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: You're pretty vulgar for a pharoah's niece.
La princesse Al Tarouk: My uncle is king. The pharoahs ruled 4000 years ago.
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References Where Eagles Dare (1968) 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)
© Les Editions Musicales Caravelle
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Universal Music Projets Spéciaux
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Shplendid!
19 November 2008 | by clivey6See 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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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic | German

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,418, 11 May 2008

Gross USA:

$303,543

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,041,621
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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