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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.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Jeff Rothberg (story), Francis X. McCarthy Jr. (story) (as Francis X. McCarthy) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Harriet Franklin
Gérard Depardieu ... Bogus (as Gerard Depardieu)
Haley Joel Osment ... Albert Franklin
Andrea Martin ... Penny
Nancy Travis ... Lorraine Franklin
Denis Mercier ... Monsieur Antoine
Ute Lemper ... Babette
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Ruth Clark
Barbara Hamilton Barbara Hamilton ... Mrs. Partridge
Al Waxman ... School Principal
Elizabeth Harpur ... Ellen
Fiona Reid ... School Teacher
Kevin Jackson ... Bob Morrison
Richard Portnow ... M. Clay Thrasher
Mo Gaffney ... Travellers Aide - New Jersey
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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Barbara Hamilton's final film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Mon Manège à Moi
Music by Norbert Glanzberg
Lyrics by Jean Constantin
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A beautiful movie...
12 July 2001 | by katekingswoodSee all my reviews

"Bogus" is a touching and heart warming example of Albert Einsteins famous quote: "Reality is our worst enemy and imagination is our best friend."

A seven year old boy Albert (Haley Joel Osment), has a very happy life,living in Las Vegas with his circus entertainer mother,Lorraine (Nancy Travis).

This almost perfect life is tragically torn away from Albert when Lorraine is killed in car crash. After squabbling over who Albert should stay with,Lorraine's colleagues find that in her will,Lorraine had stated that she wished for Albert to be put in the care of her foster sister Harriet Franklin (Whoopi Goldberg).

When Harriet learns of this, she is not to happy. She has always lived alone and doesn't like the idea of being suddenly responsible for this little boy. But Harriet realizes that it's what Lorraine wanted and through thick and thin, Lorraine was always there for her.

So Albert goes to live with Harriet in the less glamorous city of Newark, New Jersey.

But he has not come alone!!

With him,Albert has bought a friend. A gentle giant called Bogus (Gerard Depardieu) who has been his only friend since the death of his mother.

Bogus is out to bring Harriet and Albert together as a family and to remind Harriet that imagination brings happiness.

Whoopi, Gerard and Haley make a fantastic team and are perfectly cast in this beautiful movie! 10 out of 10!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bogus See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,895,593, 8 September 1996

Gross USA:

$4,357,406

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,357,406
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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