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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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Award : Raimu de la mise en scène (France, 2006). 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: You're not like those men.
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: I am! I fight to be respected.
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: Too bad they're not like you. If their bodies were as shapely as yours, I'd switch teams...
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: Don't you ever talk about my body!
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: [Starts untying himself while talking to Larmina] ... If they had such round breasts, such captivating cleavage, nipples that perked up at the slightest emotion or breeze. Nipples that you want to nibble... so pink, so healthy, swelling with life...
Larmina El Akmar Betouche: You're a fool!
Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117: [Has untied himself] Yes, but I'm free!
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Spoofs From Russia with Love (1963) See more »

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Bambino
(Guaglione)
Music by Giuseppe Fanciulli
Italian lyrics by Nicola Salerno
French lyrics by Jacques Larue
Performed by Jean Dujardin
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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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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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