Bogus (film)

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Bogus FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNorman Jewison
Screenplay byAlvin Sargent
Story by
  • Jeff Rothberg
  • Francis X. McCarthy
Produced by
CinematographyDavid Watkin
Edited byStephen E. Rivkin
Music byMarc Shaiman
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • September 6, 1996 (1996-09-06)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • French
Budget$25 million[1]
Box office$4.4 million

Bogus is a 1996 American fantasy film directed by Norman Jewison from a screenplay 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, Bogus tells the story of seven-year-old Albert Franklin (Haley Joel Osment), the son of a Las Vegas showgirl (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 is about 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.


Filming location[edit]

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.

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.[3]


Rotten Tomatoes reports that 41% of 17 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 5/10.[4] Leonard Klady of Variety wrote, "Sweetly sentimental and anachronistically whimsical, Bogus is a modern metaphor oddly out of step with contemporary taste."[5] 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."[6] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times rated it 3/4 stars and called it "a charming, inconsequential fantasy" that wisely avoids realism.[7] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "B+" on a scale of A+ to F.[8]


  1. ^ Frook, John Evan (1993-05-10). "Par makes 'Bogus' deal". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  2. ^ Peggy, McGlone (November 1, 2011), "'The Dark Knight Rises': Batman joins Beyonce, Tom Cruise as Brick City royalty", The Star-Ledger, retrieved 2011-11-05
  3. ^ Weekend Box Office Results for September 6-8, 1996 - Box Office Mojo
  4. ^ "Bogus (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2022-03-02.
  5. ^ Klady, Leonard (1996-08-26). "Review: 'Bogus'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  6. ^ Maslin, Janet (1996-09-06). "Bogus". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (1996-09-06). "Bogus". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2016-03-19 – via
  8. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20. Retrieved 2020-07-21.

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