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Bogus (1996)

Whoopi Goldberg , Gérard Depardieu , Norman Jewison  |  PG |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu, Haley Joel Osment, Andrea Martin, Nancy Travis
  • Directors: Norman Jewison
  • Writers: Jeff Rothberg, Alvin Sargent, Francis X. McCarthy Jr.
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Gayle Fraser-Baigelman, Jeff Rothberg, Michael G. Nathanson
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN1P4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bogus" on IMDb

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Doing for orphaned children what Ghost did for grieving lovers, Bogus is a sweet-natured fantasy that's sure to have some viewers reaching for a Kleenex. With The Sixth Sense still three years in his future, Haley Joel Osment plays 7-year-old Albert, whose happy life is disrupted when his mother (Nancy Travis) is killed in a traffic accident. Her will stipulates that Albert be placed in the custody of his mom's little-known half-sister, Harriet (Whoopi Goldberg), a New Jersey restaurant-supply owner who's anything but motherly. That's when Albert invents Bogus (Gerard Depardieu), an imaginary friend who springs to life from a coloring book drawing--clearly the product of Albert's need for love and companionship. It's easy to see why director Norman Jewison was drawn to the challenge of this delicate, charmingly cast fantasy/drama whimsically written by Alvin Sargent (Oscar®-winner for Ordinary People), and there are some lovely moments that capture a fleeting sense of wonder. But like the similar fantasy Three Wishes, the magic is lightweight and it doesn't always work. Your best bet is to just surrender to the sentiment, and don't be surprised if you shed a tear or two. --Jeff Shannon

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A young boy's bigger-than-life imaginary friend ends up being as much help to the boy's disbelieving godmother. Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu in a spirited all-family charmer directed by Norman Jewison (Moonstruck) Year: 1996 Director: Norman Jewison Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard Depardieu, Haley Joel Osment

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing "Bogus" about this film except the title March 10, 2008
How does anyone cope with a situation that's almost intolerable? In young Albert's (Osment) case, he invents an imaginary friend "Bogus" (Depardieu) when his Mom dies and he's forced to move from familiar Las Vegas to New Jersey with a Godmother, Harriet, (Goldberg) that he's never met before.

But, Bogus isn't just a figment of Albert's imagination. He's a just a part of the magic that connects us all.

"Bogus" is a film that both parents and kids can enjoy. It's warm, funny, and worthwhile. I think Osment and Depardieu have to be one of the best acting teams ever. Whoopi Goldberg is always a delight.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable movie December 10, 2001
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Although not many people have seen it, Bogus is an absolutely wonderful movie. It stars Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) as Albert, a boy who is forced to live with his godmother Harriet (Whoopi Golberg) after his mom dies. Along the way, he invents an invisible friend (Gerard Depardieu, The Man In the Iron Mask) named Bogus, and the film is basically about Albert and Harriet learning to love each other with the help of Bogus. Filled with subtle humor and superior acting by Osment, I highly recommend this film to anyone with an imagination.
A great family film, completely deserves 5 stars.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie January 4, 2000
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I think Bogus is a great movie. I never saw it in the theater because I didn't like the title and I think obviously a lot of other people felt the same way I did about the title and didn't go see it for that, too. Albert (Haley Joel Osment) has to go live with his godmother, Harriet (Whoppi), that no one knew existed until Albert's mom was killed in a car accident. At first, Harriet doesn't like the idea of him coming to live with her and what seems to bother her most is that he is white and she's black. His mom's death was very sad for him and then going to live with some stranger in New York probably made everything worse. So Albert ends up metting an imaginary friend, Bogus, that no one can see but him. Even though I dont like the title, the movie makes up for it and everyone should go see it cause it is a great movie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes you love any child in this world October 25, 1999
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Bogus is a movie that makes you feel that every child deserves to be loved and cared for. The actor Haley Osment is the real soul of this movie. He acts so well that he is the best actor to be casted on this movie . Recommended and highly rated by most of our community here !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HALEYS GREAT PEFORMANCE April 18, 2000
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this movie is wonderfull. I think alot of people are noticing it now because of haley sixth sense succecess. this movie is great family film. it is bacsilly aboutn a kid whos mother dies. he goes to live with goldberg at frist the dont like each other. he invets a imagnary freind named bogus to help him cope.i love this whole movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Osment and Depardieu were a great team December 12, 2003
OK, here's the movie in a nutshell. Albert lives in Vegas with his mom, who dies in a car accident. Albert has to go to New Jersey to live with a friend of his mom's who hasn't seen her in 15 years. This friend is one of those child-free people and likes it that way. While on the plane, Depardieu (Bogus) appears as an imaginary friend who keeps Albert company while he copes with all of this.
Without spoiling the rest of it, let me say that Haley Osment and Gerard Depardieu complemented each other as actors to an astounding degree. It was as if they had been acting together for decades - a bit like watching Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau. The fantasy scenes, particularly the one where Bogus serves Albert ice cream in an imaginary ice cream shop, make this movie particularly worth watching. I'm surprised it has taken this long to put Bogus on DVD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfying June 14, 2003
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BOGUS is a movie about a young orphan boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is reluctantly acquired by a career-minded temporary mother (Whoopi Goldberg). In his loneliness Osment invents an imaginary friend (Gerard Depardieu). The film is dominated by the interplay between these three characters and the result is very satisfying. The director is Norman Jewison who directed many other movies including IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT and JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bogus May 12, 2007
Whoopie!! Need anyone say more? No matter what she does, it is done with taste and humor. Even when the language gets a little blue, I have to ignor it and enjoy her acting ability. I am in the process of finding all of her many movies on Amazon, and ordering them one or two at a time. Many thanks for having one of the lesser known ones-Bogus-I have been searching for it for years. It really touches your heart and fills you with laughter. Yours as usual, Patricia A. Adams
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
play clear and good love it
Published 2 months ago by crystal smith
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Great family movie.
Published 4 months ago by Sarah W. Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars I did love was bought years ago for my mother
My mother who has passed 6 years ago loved this...I bought it for her so it will always have fond memories for me :)
Published 15 months ago by marina wrobel
4.0 out of 5 stars I Love Whoopi
I just love Whoopi Goldberg in just about anything she has ever acted in. Gerard the French guy has had to grow on me, but I like him in this little film. Read more
Published 18 months ago by LP Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is one of my favorite movies ever! IT is such a great movie for the whole family to enjoy!
Published 18 months ago by Juice
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Gift
This was a gift for a friend's teenage daughter. She adores this movie. It was the perfect birthday gift. Thank very much!
Published 18 months ago by arthurstone
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't know why
Wow this made it to dvd? I'm surprised it made it to vhs. Whoopie meets her match in Depardeiu as alternate reality WTF superstars in a movie that is hard to forget and the end... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Seahorse
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent item
this item is exactly what it was described as. works fine and i am very happy with it


Published 22 months ago by kirsty bingham
5.0 out of 5 stars The Movie Bogus
This seller was prompt with the movie, Bogus, in getting it to our home when scheduled. My grandchldren loved the movie and will watch it many more times before it is shelved. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by Cindy Garvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Tenderhearted, Magical and Fine
I love Whoopi Goldberg. Haley Joel Osment is adorable, and Gerard Depardieu is a charming Frenchman. How could this movie lose? Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
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