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Bogus (film)

File:Bogus FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Norman Jewison
Produced by Norman Jewison
Arnon Milchan
Jeff Rothberg
Written by Alvin Sargent
Starring Whoopi Goldberg
Gérard Depardieu
Haley Joel Osment
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography David Watkin
Edited by Stephen E. Rivkin
Regency Enterprises
New Regency Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • September 6, 1996 (1996-09-06)
Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[1]
Box office $4,357,406

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.[2]


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.



Bogus opened at #11 in its opening weekend with $1,895,593.[3] The film proved to be a major box office flop as it earned a mere $4,357,406 in the United States from a $30 million budget.


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