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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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Monsieur Antoine
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Bob Morrison
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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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6 September 1996 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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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References Peter Pan (1960) See more »

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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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C'est tres amusant!
13 April 2001 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

What a sweet movie! It makes you wish that you were a kid again. I would gladly be seven years old once more if it meant welcoming Bogus in the form of Gerard Depardieu into my life! He was fantastic. The relationship he has with the little boy is touching without being overly sentimental, and he gives the boy exactly what he is looking for - warmth and friendship and is everything a friend (imaginary or otherwise) should be. It brought tears to my eyes one minute and made me giggle the next!

In my opinion, this film is equally entertaining for adults as well as young children, since it reminds us adults that imagination is such an important part of our lives! This film is perhaps reminiscent of "Drop Dead Fred" which sees a grown woman being comforted by her childhood imaginary friend in a time of crisis. But this movie is far, far better done if you ask me.

So for all you hardened adults out there, lighten up! This movie will help you to embrace the child within!


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