Bogus (1996)

PG   |    |  Comedy, Family, Fantasy

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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.




  • Haley Joel Osment in Bogus (1996)
  • Haley Joel Osment and Ute Lemper in Bogus (1996)
  • Whoopi Goldberg and Haley Joel Osment in Bogus (1996)
  • Gérard Depardieu and Norman Jewison in Bogus (1996)
  • Whoopi Goldberg and Haley Joel Osment in Bogus (1996)
  • Gérard Depardieu and Haley Joel Osment in Bogus (1996)

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12 July 2001 | katekingswood
A beautiful movie...
"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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Release Date:

6 September 1996


English, French

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

New Jersey, USA

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,895,593 8 September 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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