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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 »
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Cast

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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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic | German

Release Date:

9 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

When OSS 117 and Larmina are talking about the arms trade on the pier at 9pm, OSS 117 wonders what time it is, looks at his watch and says it is 10 to 7 although his watch show 5 past 8. See more »

Quotes

Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: Good evening, Larmina. You get prettier by the hour. I can't wait till tomorrow!
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: Inch Allah! Shall I drive?
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: I can't refuse a dark-eyed brunette.
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: And blue-eyed blondes?
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: In any case, you're my kind of woman.
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: What if I were a midget with glasses?
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: I wouldn't let you drive! Preposterous.
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Connections

References To Catch a Thief (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A very fresh exercise
23 April 2006 | by pallachSee 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 people


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


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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