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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

Directed by Michel Hazanavicius
France, 2006
Action, Comedy, Crime


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, his cover while he is busy foiling Nazis, quelling rebellion, and bedding beauties.

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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies Directed by Michel Hazanavicius

Awards & Festivals

César Awards

2007 | Winner: Best Production Design

2007 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor

Seattle International Film Festival

2006 | Winner: Best Film

Tokyo International Film Festival

2006 | Winner: Tokyo Grand Prix

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.
May 09, 2008
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The film makes joyous nonsense out of bad matte paintings, obvious miniature effects, unsubtle sexual innuendo, and a lead actor who plays the role to clueless, arched-eyebrow perfection.
May 06, 2008
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Sparkling production design, a jubilantly retro score and a genuine flair for using the film and TV vocabulary of the ’60s to revisit colonial arrogance.
April 18, 2006
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