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Bogus

Director:Norman Jewison
Writer:Alvin Sargent
Director of Photography:David Watkin
Editor:Stephen Rivkin
Music:Marc Shaiman
Production Designer:Ken Adam
Producers:Norman Jewison, Arnon Milchan and Jeff Rothberg
Warner Bros.; PG; 100 minutes
Release:9/96
Cast:Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu, Haley Joel Osment and Nancy Travis

Despite strong performances, Bogus falls into sentimentality and suffers from dull writing. After his mother (Travis), a Las Vegas performer with a doting maternal side, dies in a car accident, Albert (Osment) goes to live with Harriet Franklin (Goldberg), his mother's foster sister. Franklin, though less than thrilled about the arrangement, begins to notice odd behavior from Albert and soon finds that he is talking to his imaginary friend, Bogus (Depardieu), a real charmer who tends to meddle too much. The film would have fared better if Goldberg and Depardieu had more interaction.


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