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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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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A comedy about losing your heart, finding your inner child and meeting the one friend you've always tried to avoid. 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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$4,357,000 (USA)
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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 »

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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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Albert Franklin: Bogus is real!
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Features Harvey (1950) See more »

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Kalimando
Written by René Dupéré
Performed by Cirque du Soleil
Courtesy of BMG Classics
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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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