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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies(OSS 117 : Le Caire, nid d'espions)

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France · 2006
1h 39m
Director Michel Hazanavicius
Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Aure Atika, Philippe Lefebvre
Genre Crime, Action, Adventure, Comedy

In 1955, French secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, code-named "OSS 117", is sent to Cairo to investigate the disappearance of his best friend and colleague Jack Jefferson, only to stumble into a deadly game of international intrigue.

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Los Angeles Times by

Light and fun, if also a little slight, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies is like a pleasant sorbet to wash away the aftertaste of the pre-summer clunkers.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Not that Cairo, Nest of Spies is meant to be a thriller, but even as a self-consciously anachronistic knockabout farce it rarely rises to the level of wit, either verbal or physical.


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

Director Michel Hazanavicius captures the jet-age atmosphere, form-fitting wardrobes, jazz-ethnic soundtrack and bouffant hairdos of JFK/de Gaulle-era espionage films in perfect detail, but it's Dujardin's performance as the suave, confident and utterly clueless Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath (to Francophones, a name that drips with phony aristocratic pretension) that gives "OSS 117" its edge.


Premiere by Glenn Kenny

It hardly adds up to much, but it doesn't mean to, and it'll leave you with a cleaner conscience than an Austin Powers picture.


Variety by Lisa Nesselson

A spy spoof that -- rarity of rarities -- represents a remake actually worth making. Current comic fave Jean Dujardin plays title character OSS 117 as a kind of James Bond crossed with Maxwell Smart.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

A huge hit in France, Michel Hazanavicius' straight-faced spy spoof unleashes a French operative of incomparable incompetence on the volatile Middle East of 1955.


Seattle Post-Intelligencer by William Arnold

The real joy here is the performance of Jean Dujardin, who, besides being very funny as the Gallic Maxwell Smart, is also enormously charismatic and is made to look uncannily (and I do mean uncannily) like the young Sean Connery of "Dr. No" and "Goldfinger."

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