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OSS 117: Cairo - Nest of Spies Details


OSS 117: Cairo -- Nest of Spies constitutes the eighth installment in a long-running series of movies about OSS 117 (the government code name for Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath) -- a French super-spy and European equivalent of James Bond. The creation of author Jean Bruce, OSS eventually starred in over 265 novels and seven cinematizations through 1970. The first seven film outings were sober and straight-faced; the eighth go-round (the first after a 38-year lapse) does a 180 to shamelessly poke fun of the rules established by the genre. A glib yet intelligent spoof, it joins the ranks of Jean Bruce (1965), Jean Bruce (1970), Jean Bruce (1984), and other international pictures that glibly satirize the subgenre made infamous to Americans by Bond; like Jean Bruce, it even packs in an OSS 117 (Jean Dujardin) with a startling resemblance to Sean Connery. The film's comic conceit involves making OSS 117 arrogant, conceited, culturally insensitive, chauvinistic, and thoroughly moronic (he pretends that various cultural institutions and religious practices, for instance, are nonexistent if he is unfamiliar with them); yet the character somehow manages to slide through outrageously dangerous situations unscathed, time and again. The teaser prologue finds OSS 117 in Berlin, where he outwits the Nazis by stealing vital documents from them, hijacks an Axis plane in mid-nosedive, and saves himself and the craft at the last yawning moment. Ten years later, he journeys from Rome to Cairo, where he investigates the death of a fellow agent, posing as the proprietor of a chicken farm. His "side" activities during this jaunt involve hammering out a peace arrangement for the Middle East, keeping tabs on the Suez Canal, and monitoring the Russians. Jean-François Halin scripted the film, maintaining an utterly deadpan tone throughout; Michel Hazanavicius directed. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:April 6, 2006


Jean Dujardin
as Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath (aka OSS 117)
Bérénice Bejo
as Larmina El Akmar Betouche
Aure Atika
as Princess Al Tarouk
Philippe Lefebvre
as Jack Jefferson, OSS 283
Constantin Alexandrov
as Yevevni Setine
Said Amadis
as Egyptian minister
Laurent Bateau
as Nigel Gardenborough
Claude Brosset
as OSS Chief
Francois Damiens
as Raymond Pelletier
Youssef Hamid
as imam
Khalid Maadour
as phone booth man
Arsene Mosca
as Moktar
Abdallah Moundy
as Slimane
Eric Prat
as Plantieux
Richard Sammel
as Gerhard Moeller
Michael Hofland
as Colonel Hermann von Umsprung
Jean-François Halin
as Rubecht


Michel Hazanavicius
Nicolas Altmayer
Eric Altmayer
Jean-François Halin
Jean Bruce
Book Author
Guillaume Schiffman
Ludovic Bource
Composer (Music Score)
Kamel Ech-Cheikh
Composer (Music Score)
Maamar Ech-Cheik
Art Director
Gaetan David
Associate Producer
Andre Logie
Associate Producer
Patrick Quinet
Associate Producer
Charlotte David
Costume Designer
Matthew Gledhill
First Assistant Director
Daniel Chevalier
Production Manager
Stephane Touitou
Gerard Lamps
Re-Recording Mixer
Christian Petron
Second Unit Camera
Nadine Muse
Supervising Sound Editor
Didier Sain
Sound Recordist
Eric Vallee
Second Unit Camera