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Recently orphaned, a young boy is taken in by his godmother who is shocked to realize that she can see the boy's imaginary friend: a flamboyant, French magician named Bogus.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bogus (as Gerard Depardieu)
Denis Mercier ...
Monsieur Antoine
Ruth Clark
Barbara Hamilton ...
Mrs. Partridge
School Principal
School Teacher
Bob Morrison
M. Clay Thrasher
Travellers Aide - New Jersey


Seven year-old Albert is the son of a Las Vegas circus performer. When she is killed in a car wreck, Albert is sent to live with his mother's foster sister, Harriet Franklin, a no-nonsense businesswoman struggling in New Jersey. Albert hates it with the dour Harriet, but takes refuge in the company of Bogus, a flamboyant, gentle, loving, and altogether imaginary Frenchman. With Bogus's help, Albert can perhaps come to terms with his mother's death, and Harriet with her own loss of childhood innocence. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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If you believe in only one thing, believe in Bogus. See more »


Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bogus - L'amico immaginario  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,895,593 (USA) (6 September 1996)


$4,357,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Barbara Hamilton's final film. See more »


Albert's mother's car stalls at the intersection of Desert Inn Road and Paradise Road, but the collision takes place near Jerry's Nugget, more than four miles away in real life. The wrecked car then reappears at Desert Inn and Paradise. See more »


Harriet Franklin: This isn't going to work. I haven't had a conversation with a child since I was a child.
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Referenced in Haley Joel Osment: An Actor Comes of Age (2004) See more »


The Best of Friends
Written by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Dr. John
Produced by Dr. John and John Clayton
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This movie was in it's casual style and it doesn't need to be changed...
10 August 2003 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

I can't believe there are bunch of people saying this movie is not really good. I thought it was original and its casual self. It didn't need to be changed in any way. It was funny, bright, happy, and a crowd-pleaser. It can make anyone smile and there was never a chance I would say this movie is bad. It has imagination, reality, and everything mixed in. The ingredients are good and well done the actors were really good and had a sense-of-humnor. You can tell nobody forced them to be like that and you can actually see they are their own self. Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) does a good preformance and Haley Joel Osment, future Oscar nominee (The Sixth Sense) was also really good. And whoever played Bogus, Gerand .... was also really good and I find him funny and would like to know more about him cause he's got talent and I bet he knows it! I like this movie and this is actually a very fresh and funny film for family movie night and it's a very good selection. When you go to Blockbusters someday, try to look for Bogus!

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