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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Denis Mercier ...
Monsieur Antoine
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Babette
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Ruth Clark
Barbara Hamilton ...
Mrs. Partridge
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School Principal
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Ellen
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School Teacher
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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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If you believe in only one thing, believe in Bogus. See more »

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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  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,357,000 (USA)
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Trivia

when Whoopi Goldberg receives the ticket in the park, the officer says Hakuna Matata from the Lion King. Whoopi played one of the hyenas in the film Lion King. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dr. Surprise: [laughs] Settle down, kids! Just settle down! Yes! Are you ready for another surprise?
Kids: Yeah!
Mom at Party: What am I supposed to do?
Dr. Surprise: Right into the box, my little cinnamin bun. Here is the big surprise! Are you ready in the closet?
Mom at Party: Yes I am, Dr. Surprise
Bogus: Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm.
Dr. Surprise: Sim Sola Bim!
[the mom is turned into a dog, the audience cheers]
Girl at Party: [gasps] Mama! Where's my mamma?
[cries]
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Was glad to stumble on this one!
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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