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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions (original title)
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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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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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Details

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:

€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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The German title of this film, "OSS 117 - Der Spion, der sich liebte", is a prank on the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). It literally means "OSS 117 - The Spy Who Loved Himself". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: [to Larmina, while having breakfast] By the way, I was woken by a guy screaming on a tower. I couldn't sleep... I had to shut him up.
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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Connections

References North by Northwest (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

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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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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