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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies


Michel Hazanavicius

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 59
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Given that this is a French film, there's an unmistakable edge to its satirical portrayal of postwar East-West relations. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: French cinema's reputation for subtlety goes up in smoke with OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies, a movie whose satire proves as lame as its clunky title. – Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Dujardin nails his character, who is deeply dense but always seems to draw the winning card, mainly through dumb luck. And Hazanavicius clearly knows the '60s-era Bond films, which are full of ripe targets that he lovingly demolishes. – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath is invincibly smug, occasionally smarmy and obsessed with food. If that whets your appetite, he's your homme. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


a true chef d'oeuvre! must see . buy -do not rent- because it gets funnier every time you watch it.


But please make an HD version!! One of my favorite comedies ever!