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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bogus (as Gerard Depardieu)
Denis Mercier ...
Monsieur Antoine
Ute Lemper ...
Ruth Clark
Barbara Hamilton ...
Mrs. Partridge
Al Waxman ...
School Principal
Fiona Reid ...
School Teacher
Bob Morrison
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 <>

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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)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Denis Mercier dubbed himself in the french version. 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 »


Albert Franklin: Bogus is real!
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References Peter Pan (1960) See more »


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Written by Rudy Archuleta and Steven Thread
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31 July 2002 | by (US) – See all my reviews

It is extremely rare that I stop on any movie while channel-surfing. This one caught my eye because of Haley Joel Osmont...this kid was amazing even at five years old! And of course Whoopi is great as always. I even liked Gerard in this one...he generally just rubs me the wrong way in his other movies for some reason. He was perfectly cast as Mr. Bogus.

This movie will be magical for those who remember (or who need to remember) those imaginary friends which got us through various growing pains. It is sweet, light-hearted, and rates 10 out of 10 on the "warm-fuzzy" factor. Even my husband thought it was cute, and he's not normally into these kind of movies. Loved it!

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