OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

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Still of Jean Dujardin in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of SpiesStill of Bérénice Bejo and Jean Dujardin in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Plot

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

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.9/10 (6,038 voted)

Critic's Score: 62/100

Director:
Michel Hazanavicius

Stars: François Damiens, Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo

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.

Writers: Jean-François Halin, Jean Bruce

Cast:

François Damiens

Raymond Pelletier


Jean Dujardin

Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, alias OSS 117


Bérénice Bejo

Larmina El Akmar Betouche


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


Richard Sammel

Moeller


Aure Atika

La princesse Al Tarouk



Details

Official Website:
Music Box Films [United States]|
Official site [France]|

Release Date: 9 May 2008

Filming Locations: Casablanca, Morocco



Box Office Details

Budget: €14,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $31,418
(USA)
(11 May 2008)
(9 Screens)

Gross: $302,752
(USA)
(12 October 2008)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

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.

Goofs:

Anachronisms:
Despite the film being set in 1955, many of the cars we see are from the 1960s.



User Review

A very fresh exercise

Rating: 8/10


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.