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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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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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A comedy about losing your heart, finding your inner child and meeting the one friend you've always tried to avoid. 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bogus - L'amico immaginario See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlantic City, 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,357,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

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

Quotes

Albert Franklin: But it's not biodegradable!
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Connections

Features Harvey (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Where's The Party
Written by Rudy Archuleta and Steven Thread
Performed by Intellect
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment Co.
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My thoughts on Bogus
12 July 2002 | by LacirqueSee all my reviews

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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