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Bogus (1996)

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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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Bogus (as Gerard Depardieu)
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Penny
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Lorraine Franklin
Denis Mercier ...
Monsieur Antoine
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Ruth Clark
Barbara Hamilton ...
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Bob Morrison
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M. Clay Thrasher
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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Could you use a friend? All you need is a little imagination See more »

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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

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6 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Bogus - L'amico immaginario  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,895,593, 8 September 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,357,000
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Denis Mercier dubbed himself in the French version. See more »

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As they drive away from the airport, the boom mic is clearly reflected in car windows. See more »

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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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Features Harvey (1950) See more »

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Me And My Shadow
Written by Dave Dreyer, Billy Rose, Al Jolson
Performed by Jack Sheldon
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A beautiful movie...
12 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

"Bogus" is a touching and heart warming example of Albert Einsteins famous quote: "Reality is our worst enemy and imagination is our best friend."

A seven year old boy Albert (Haley Joel Osment), has a very happy life,living in Las Vegas with his circus entertainer mother,Lorraine (Nancy Travis).

This almost perfect life is tragically torn away from Albert when Lorraine is killed in car crash. After squabbling over who Albert should stay with,Lorraine's colleagues find that in her will,Lorraine had stated that she wished for Albert to be put in the care of her foster sister Harriet Franklin (Whoopi Goldberg).

When Harriet learns of this, she is not to happy. She has always lived alone and doesn't like the idea of being suddenly responsible for this little boy. But Harriet realizes that it's what Lorraine wanted and through thick and thin, Lorraine was always there for her.

So Albert goes to live with Harriet in the less glamorous city of Newark, New Jersey.

But he has not come alone!!

With him,Albert has bought a friend. A gentle giant called Bogus (Gerard Depardieu) who has been his only friend since the death of his mother.

Bogus is out to bring Harriet and Albert together as a family and to remind Harriet that imagination brings happiness.

Whoopi, Gerard and Haley make a fantastic team and are perfectly cast in this beautiful movie! 10 out of 10!!


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