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OSS 117 - Cairo Nest Of Spies [2007] [DVD]

Aure Atika , Philippe Lefebvre , Michel Hazanavicius    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Aure Atika, Philippe Lefebvre, Berenice Bejo, Jean Dujardin
  • Directors: Michel Hazanavicius
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Ica Films
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MK9ZG2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,058 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On President Coty's Secret Service 8 Mar 2009
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
OSS117 is bound to suffer from being subtitled but the humour is strong enough to survive the need to read. Secret Agent OSS117 is played as a very affectionate homage to Sean Connery's Bond persona. The same faintly idiot smugness when a woman is seen (well idiot when the rest of us tried to do it) and the way he moves all make one feel this is a Bond film you've seen but cannot quite remember. Add in the usual mixture of Fifties/Sixties colonialism and sexism with an unerring eye for the cars, clothes and streets and the paraphernalia of spying (the blanquette de veau password joke runs throughout the film) and one has a very funny parody without being too foolish. It is a gallic Maxwell Smart but with more heart. A funny, clever, film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Taking French cinema's once much-loved 60s superspy and turning him into a politically incorrect figure of fun, a lot of the historical injokes do get lost in translation, but there's enough going on that's funny enough in its own Austin Powers fashion to make this well worth a look.

Although often regarded as just another Continental Bond ripoff, Jean Bruce published the first of his 91 OSS 117 novels in 1949 long before Ian Fleming reached for his Book of British Birds, and the first of seven `straight' adaptations was made in 1956, six years before Sean Connery was fitted for his tux. Later entries in the series got Frederick Stafford the lead in Hitchcock's Topaz and John Gavin the role of James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever - well, at least until Connery decided to come back after all. But this isn't the Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, aka agent OSS 117 of Bruce's novels. In this 2006 comedy, the character has been turned into a walking criticism of outdated colonial attitudes: he's ridiculously overconfident, has questionable flashbacks of happier days with his dead sidekick on the beach, loves to fight, hates dust, can't understand why Arabs would make up their own language and religion, hands out photographs of the French president to locals as tips and ferments an uprising when he stops a Muezzin from making the call to prayer because it's interrupting his sleep. Smug, xenophobic and pig ignorant, he's the kind of man who'll take an insult for a compliment because he doesn't understand it. Like Inspector Clouseau he's completely unaware that he's an idiot, which is why the character works so well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Bond spoof 23 Aug 2010
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Throughout his career as a secret agent James Bond has had to encounter a range of ruthless villains from Dr. No, Scaramanga, Ernst Blofeld and Jaws but none have quite hit their target with the precision of the two OS117 films. Both are exceptional parodies and combine a keen eye for pastiche and embarrassingly uncomfportable non-PC humour.

The first film opens with a prologue filmed in black and white which mercilessly lampoons the dire British war films of the 1950's before jumping forward ten years to 1955 in the eve of the Suez Crisis where the suave Hubert Bonisseur De La Bath is dispatched to resolve the mystery of a missing colleague and a Soviet board full of arms. During the course of the adventure, our hero manages to trample on the toes of all the different factions involved in the plot whilst in Cairo whether it is upsetting Islamic fundementalists, his female companions, royalists and the Nasser regime. Seemingly inept, a stream of sticky situations are overcome in almost accidental fashion in a variety of amusing situations that tip their hat to films such as Indiana Jones as well as Bond. Significantly for a comedy, the plot is well contrived and fits in nicely with real historical events. As with the original films, the girls are very glamorous too.

I think it is only fare to say that Jean Dujardin is a comic actor of some genius - a kind of French Peter Sellars. His facial expressions and demeanor illustrate just how ludicrous the character of James Bond really is but this is done with some affection that I would say both of the OSS117 films are "must sees" for any Bond fan.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and claver 20 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
What a great film! Funny, smart and devilishly well made, it is easy to see why it has been such a hit in the UK as well as France. Jean Dujardin is terrific as the blissfully inept French agent blundering his way around Cairo. Great period feel, wonderful music and entertaining all round.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave and very funny 8 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
Outrageously un"p.c" and very funny, this gem of a film may only appeal to a small minority of viewers, but a discerning minority who can appreciate a stab at political correctness and po-facedness regarding religion and politics. I was frankly surprised that the film-makers "got away" with many of the jokes,and I take my hat off to them.

Loved the lead actor, who I found annoying at the beginning, but he really grew on me. Clever film, a bit barmy, and quite refreshing to see the French laughing at themselves.

Thoroughly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Had us all chuckling all the way through.
A great piece of silliness and micky take of special agent/James Bond movies of the 70s and 80s. Wonderful for a Saturday evening when there is not much to watch on TV.
Published 2 months ago by Rosie, Cambridge
5.0 out of 5 stars The prefect spy spoof
I had always assumed the Best spy films were in English, how wrong I was. This film is everything a good spy spoof should be. Well written, well cast and well worth a watch.
Published 3 months ago by MR R A LEE
5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Yourself, not though if you are the PC Brigade
If you like your films to be a bit PC then avoid, leave the rest of us to enjoy ourselves.

Viewing this film you can see where "The Artist" came from. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Collard-Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Okay, you don't like foreign films, you hate the French, you can't be bothered to read subtitles. So you're probably lost already and not reading this review. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bewildering
5.0 out of 5 stars French Archer meets Austin Powers
I love this movie. Jean Dujardin is brilliant as OSS 117. This is definitely a hidden gem and is well worth a watch.
Published 13 months ago by Paul Jeffery
5.0 out of 5 stars Super funny
Very very funny!! Good subtitles, even if some of the jokes are missed... Some scenes are hilarious. I enjoyed it a lot
Published 14 months ago by audinette
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind. REAL funny.
I enjoyed the performance of the actors and mostly the very funny viewpoint of the jokes. Never saw anything as funny as this!!!!
Published 15 months ago by me moi
1.0 out of 5 stars A comedy without the comedy.
Visually, this looks great, exactly like a Bond film from the sixties - clothes,cars,props etc.But thats it.The comedy is dire,inane sometimes. Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. G. Hancox
5.0 out of 5 stars Light comedy can make for a great movie, too
A 2006 movie by the director of The Artist, featuring its lead actors in a spoof of 1960s spy films. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gabor Lux
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie - Classy Cinema with loads of laughs
I bought this film after watching The Artist as I thought Jean Dujardin was incredible in that film. He is so versatile and is the perfect leading man for this film. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2012 by Stacey Thomas
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