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

€14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,418, 11 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$302,752, 12 October 2008
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The opening title animation is an homage to the work of Saul Bass, a titles designer noted for his animated titles. The striking of the gong is likely an homage to the trademark opening titles of J. Arthur Rank films, where a large gong is struck. See more »

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In Plantieux's office, Hubert finishes his glass of bourbon, downing the last of it in one gulp. Yet a moment later, without the glass having been refilled, he again finishes his glass of bourbon in the same manner. See more »

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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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Bambino
Original lyrics by Nicolas Salerno (as Nisa)
Music by Giuseppe Fanciulli (as G. Fanciulli)
Adaptation française de Jacques Larue
Avec l'aimable autorisation de S.E.M.I.
Performed by Jean Dujardin (as Malou sur Mort de Jack)
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The best spoof I've seen on years!
12 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

OSS 117 was fun from start to finish.

It's difficult to define why one film touches or connects with you or not, and I won't try to analyze such perfect comedy, so politically incorrect that even academic papers should be dedicated to it :)!

Everything is old fashioned here, from women's clothes (sigh!), Mambo dance, the "hero singing"... ("Bambino" sounds like an Italian canzonetta sung in... arabic :)!).

Hubert is physically imposing, but dumb as hell. From all the 007s, he looks like Sean Connery, but is definitely more sympa because he's... silly, speaks his mind all the time, giggles, even has some homoerotic fantasies and there are rumours about him. In short, as an anti hero, he rocks :)! Sometimes he only raises his eyebrows or frowns, and that's all it takes to make you laugh.

Bérénice Bejo is the true queen of the film. Graceful, treacherous but with ideals. Aure Atika, to the contrary, is reduced to a femme fatale of sorts. It's surprising to see her that "sexy bomb", thou.

You just can't compare it with "Austin Powers"! I agree with Amazon's D. Hartley (Seattle, WA) on it being respectful to the genre.

Which is your favourite scene? One of my favourite scenes is the "fight of the chickens" with the masked villain. But the truly perfect one is when chatting at the cocktail with his contacts, how they all mutter platitudes with confidence... This scene alone makes the comedy genre worthwhile.


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