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Bogus

4.4 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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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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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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  • 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: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000WN1P4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,321 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bogus" on IMDb

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By R. Kyle VINE VOICE on March 10, 2008
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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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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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By A Customer on 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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A wonderful tale of imagination and imaginary friends and magic! just so beautiful. The wonder of Whoopi's acting carries this movie to heaven and the boy is just as good. The story: The boy's mum dies and he is left to have Whoopi's character as his guardian. She is living the very up market life of a wonderfully successful business woman. She became a very close friend of the boy's mum at a past stage in her life but thing's had move3d on. She did not know the boy existed. She has the maternal feeling's of 0, but loved her friend and want's to honour that friendship. So she welcomes the boy into her life. He has a friend, a one of very real imagination. The friend has wisdom beyond the years of the boy and is just a gift to the boy. So the boy, his buddy and his mum's best friend...will they ever all meet up or what will happen? You just got to get it and see. A wonderful, caring movie.
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This is one of my favorite movies. Good movie has comedic relief througout the movie and a very good story line behind it. Good for a family movie night for adults and kids. Amazon has a excellent price on this movie and shipped quickly.
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Interesting movie about a young boy dealing with some problem and having an imaginary adult helping him through his problems. Whoopi Goldberg does a great job as an unexpected parent and some the life changing issues that comes up.
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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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I love Whoopi Goldberg. Haley Joel Osment is adorable, and Gerard Depardieu is a charming Frenchman. How could this movie lose?

Albert (Osment) is left without family when his mother is killed in a car accident in Las Vegas. He had plenty of friends in the circus (du Soliel, I think), but no family at all. But in his mother's will, she named her foster sister and best friend from her childhood, Harriet (Whoopi) as Albert's godmother and guardian. Harriet had not seen her in years, didn't even know she had a son, and as she put it, didn't have a motherly bone in her body.

So who is Bogus? He was originally a drawing in the coloring book the stewardess gave Albert during the flight from Las Vegas to Newark, New Jersey, where Harriet lived. Once Albert drew him a mouth, he started to talk to him. When his seat-mates (both adults) asked him who he was talking to, he said "nobody," and took his coloring book with him to the restroom. There he started crying because he missed his mother so much, and Bogus called to him in a muffled voice from the pages of the coloring book. Finally he asked to come out, and turned out to be a tall Frenchman who became Albert's best friend. Only problem was, nobody could see him or hear him but Albert.

Or can they?

The individual incidents in the story are not all that big, except from the perspective of a little boy, but they add up to a very touching story which oddly combines fantasy and reality in such a way as to be really quite consistent and believable. In fact, at one point the babysitter falls asleep in front of a TV that is playing "Harvey," thus giving us all a reference point for the thread of the story. Harvey was sort of real, too.
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