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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 ...
Mrs. Partridge
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Ellen
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Bob Morrison
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M. Clay Thrasher
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Whoopi Goldberg receives the ticket in the park, the officer says "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King (1994). Whoopi provided the voice of Shenzi in the same film. See more »

Goofs

When Albert and Bogus are fencing in the park, one external shot shows him with a stick. The internal shot shows him with a sword. In Harriet's external view, he has a sword. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Peter Pan (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Banana Split For My Baby
Written by Louis Prima and Stan Irwin
Performed by Louis Prima
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Licensed from CEMA Special Markets
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My thoughts on Bogus
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It is definitely one of my favorites, the actors all did an extraordinary job, and it's something many can relate to, but what got me the most was the music and Cirque influences. I absolutely love Cirque du Soleil. In the credits a Cirque du Soleil song is mentioned, but I wasn't able to write it down. I know it's from the show "Saltimbanco". If anyone knows it, do tell me.


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