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also known as OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies2006

  • 3.9
A box-office sensation in France, comic star Jean Dujardin stars as secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117 who in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau somehow succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. After a fellow agent and close friend is murdered, Hubert is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is to be his cover while he investigates Jack's death, monitors the Suez Canal, checks up on the Brits and Soviets, burnishes France's reputation, quells a fundamentalist rebellion and brokers peace in the Middle East. A blithe and witty send-up not only of spy films of that era and the suave secret agent figure but also neo-colonialism, ethnocentrism and the very idea of Western covert action in the Middle East.

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"He's either really stupid or really smart." Offensive and arrogant are other words that come to mind about Jean Dujardin's character OSS-117, but there is also something endearing about him at the same time. This is such a throwback to the spy thriller, with crazy scenarios, slinky women, double-crosses, and excellent music, and it really is parallel to OSS-117 himself. It is either really stupid or really smart.

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"He's either really stupid or really smart." Offensive and arrogant are other words that come to mind about Jean Dujardin's character OSS-117, but there is also something endearing about him at the same time. This is such a throwback to the spy thriller, with crazy scenarios, slinky women, double-crosses, and excellent music, and it really is parallel to OSS-117 himself. It is either really stupid or really smart.

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I am a big fan of this series. I have always enjoyed the Bond movies but, like many people, am troubled by some of the ways women are portrayed in that series. I love the way OSS embodies those issues and is placed in more of a real-world environment. Laugh-out-loud funny in many parts, the OSS series is great for anyone who enjoys satire and spy movies.

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Michel Hazanavicius' "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies" soars above and beyond a mere spy movie parody. Like his award-winning film, "The Artist," this is a Movie-Movie: it's a movie about other movies. In this case, it's not just foreign intrigue or Euro-Spy films, it's the conventions of big studio films that started to look real old by the 1960's. Rear-screen projection car chases, day-for-night shots, washed out film stock, stagy sets with fake backdrops. It's both a satire, and an homage to older films and how they were made. Throw in some biting political and social satire, and you have a highly entertaining romp!

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A snowballing parody of classic spy genre movies that hits its stylistic reference points right on the bullseye about 95% of the time. Jean Dujardin is enjoyable as the titular secret agent, but in my opinion the real MVP is Bérénice Bejo who slips into her "Bond girl" right-hand-woman role with such self-awareness and grace that it feels as though they dug her out of a time-capsule buried 50 years ago just so she could play this part.

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It was a lot of fun. Only the French know how to make a great spy or detective spoof, but the movie just stopped 20 minutes before the ending?????

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The OSS 117 movies are great spoofs of the genre. As good as the Pink Panther series and better than Austin Powers...

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it was somewhat interesting and had moments of humor not a lot of action and was sometimes hard to follow the continuity of the story line i just could not get interested in this particular film athough i attempted to many times.good directing however and worth a viewing i suppose!

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It is very difficult to make a funny spoof. The story has to be faithful to the genre, acting has to be on a fine line between truth and madness and above all the jokes have to be on a spot and in abundance. This is a very successful and funny spoof.It reminds me of early James Bond flicks or even more Matt Helm knock offs. It is all set in 1955, in a world of Nazis and communists and colonial Westerners full of self-confidence. Of course none of this couldn't work for a second without brilliant Jean Dujardin and his impeccable timing and alluring mix of stupidity and sex appeal.I will certainly see the sequel set in Rio.

A rare comedy gem. Slapstick but also smart. Very funny.

I loved this. I love inept heroes, like what we have here with OSS 117. Un-PC comedy and a fun plot.

I liked it very much. The plot was excellent.

it was ok,nothing serious,just having fun for the evening

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Great stuff!!!