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Directed by Norman Jewison
Produced by
  • Norman Jewison
  • Arnon Milchan
  • Jeff Rothberg
Written by Alvin Sargent
Music by Marc Shaiman
Cinematography David Watkin
Editing by Stephen E. Rivkin
  • Regency Enterprises
  • Yorktown
  • New Regency
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) September 6, 1996 (1996-09-06)
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
  • English
  • French
Budget $25 million
Money made $4.4 million

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, Bogus 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 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.


  • Whoopi Goldberg as Harriet Franklin
  • Gérard Depardieu as Bogus
  • Haley Joel 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
  • Barbara Hamilton as Mrs. Partridge

Filming location

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
Madison on the Van Vorst Park

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