GenreComedy, Family, Fantasy Budget32 million USD CountryUnited States
Release dateSeptember 6, 1996 (1996-09-06) WriterJeff Rothberg (story), Francis X. McCarthy Jr. (story), Alvin Sargent (screenplay) CastWhoopi Goldberg (Harriet Franklin), Gérard Depardieu (Bogus), Haley Joel Osment (Albert), Ute Lemper (Babette), Andrea Martin (Penny), Nancy Travis (Lorraine Franklin) Similar moviesInside Out, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Now You See Me, The Walk, Dumbo, The Prestige
TaglineA comedy about losing your heart, finding your inner child and meeting the one friend you've always tried to avoid.
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Bogus is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Norman Jewison, written by Alvin Sargent, and starring Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu, and Haley Joel Osment. It features magic tricks with magician Whit Haydn as consultant. It did poorly at the box office and Goldberg was nominated for a Razzie Award for her performance. It was filmed in Canada and New Jersey.
A fantasy, it tells the story of seven-year-old Albert Franklin (Haley Joel Osment), the son of a Las Vegas magician's widowed assistant (Nancy Travis). His mother dies suddenly in a car accident and Albert, who is now an orphan, is sent to New Jersey to live with his mother's foster sister, Harriet (Whoopi Goldberg). The plot revolves around Albert, and his imaginary friend named Bogus (Gérard Depardieu), a French magician, who helps the boy cope with his transition. Gradually Harriet, who can also see Bogus, comes to terms with her new situation as well.
Whoopi Goldberg as Harriet Franklin
Gérard Depardieu as Bogus
Haley Osment as Albert Franklin
Nancy Travis as Lorraine Franklin
Andrea Martin as Penny
Denis Mercier as Monsieur Antoine
Ute Lemper as Babette
Sheryl Lee Ralph as Ruth Clark
Al Waxman as School Principal
Fiona Reid as School Teacher
Kevin Jackson as Bob Morrison
Richard Portnow as M. Clay Thrasher
Stefan Batory as M. Clay Fisher
Although portrayed as Newark, NJ, part of the film was filmed in Van Vorst Park neighborhood of Downtown Jersey City. Apartment building that the character, Harriet lives is at the corner of York Street and Barrow Street is called Madison on the Van Vorst Park.
Bogus opened at #11 in its opening weekend with $1,895,593 and grossed $4,357,406 in the US.
Rotten Tomatoes reports that 40% of 15 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 4.9/10. Leonard Klady of Variety wrote, "Sweetly sentimental and anachronistically whimsical, Bogus is a modern metaphor oddly out of step with contemporary taste." Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote, "Jewison lays on the dry ice and special effects without adding emotion to a slow, hackneyed story." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times rated it 3/4 stars and called it "a charming, inconsequential fantasy" that wisely avoids realism.