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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)
Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.

Writers:

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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Scenes of this film were shot in Casablanca, Morocco, at the "Habuse", a tourist area with many shops as well as homes, with small alleyways. The shopkeepers were paid a days projected income to close shop for the day. One homeowner's doorway was to be prominently featured, but the man would not step out of his doorway. He was trying to squeeze more money out of the producers. As a result, the crew built a back-drop made with some 2X4's and a Moroccan rug. About 20 minutes later several conservative Muslims staged a sit-in to try to get money. The filmmakers decided to shoot elsewhere in the city. 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

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 flies ...
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References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Un Clair de Lune à Maubeuge
Music by Pierre Perrin and Claude Blondy
Lyrics by Pierre Perrin
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A fun silly comedy. Look for sequels
19 January 2007 | by johno-21See 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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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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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