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Green Card (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 February 1991 (USA)
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A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that.

Director:

Peter Weir

Writer:

Peter Weir
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Georges
Andie MacDowell ... Brontë
Bebe Neuwirth ... Lauren
Gregg Edelman ... Phil
Robert Prosky ... Brontë's Lawyer
Jessie Keosian ... Mrs. Bird
Ethan Phillips ... Gorsky
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Sheehan
Lois Smith ... Brontë's Parent (Mother)
Conrad McLaren Conrad McLaren ... Brontë's Parent (Father)
Ronald Guttman ... Anton
Danny Dennis Danny Dennis ... Oscar
Stephen Pearlman ... Mr. Adler
Victoria Boothby Victoria Boothby ... Mrs. Adler
Ann Wedgeworth ... Party Guest
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Storyline

In New York City, American Brontë Parrish and Frenchman Georges Fauré enter into a marriage of convenience, they not even actually meeting, introduced by their mutual friend Anton who arranged the union, until the day of the civil marriage ceremony. Brontë and Georges expect never having to see each other again until they file for divorce and have each gotten what they want out of the marriage. The reason for Georges wanting to be married: he, an aspiring composer who has been is the States for five months, has long overstayed his tourist visa, and wants to be a permanent resident to get his green card, marrying an American which will solve that issue. The reason for Brontë wanting to get married: she, a horticulturist, needs to be married to be accepted as the new tenant for her dream apartment, which contains a greenhouse with a collection of exotic but currently neglected plants, plus an expansive patio where she can grow plants for her research. Their plans are thrown for a loop ... Written by Huggo

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An irresistibly charming comedy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Australia | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Matrimonio por conveniencia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,781, 25 December 1990

Gross USA:

$29,888,235

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,888,235
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print) (dvd release)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie utilizes a 'green' motif evoking the color of a green card throughout the picture where shades of the color green are seen in the film's cinematography and art direction, whether it be in costumes, sets, props, visuals or lighting. The same type of green visual aesthetic had been used around a decade earlier for the motion picture Green Ice (1981). See more »

Goofs

Phil tells Bronte that he found 3,000 square feet of top soil for their gardening project. Soil is measured in cubic feet, not square feet. (Or cubic yards, cubic meters, etc.) See more »

Quotes

Georges: [in response to Bronte's telling him that she will donate her time to a children's agriculture charity] If it amuses you, then do it.
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Soundtracks

Clarinet Concerto In A Major: Adagio
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Richard Stolzman, Clarinet
Performed by the English Chamber Orchestra
Courtesy of RCA Victor Red Seal, A Division of BMG Classics
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predictable romance, but well crafted
24 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Director Peter Weir appears to have been 'Moonstruck' in his latest film, a fizzy romantic comedy about an inconvenient marriage of convenience between uptight, uptown Andie McDowell and rogue Frenchman Gerard Depardieu. When the INS comes knocking at McDowell's door the couple suddenly has just 48 hours to get acquainted and invent a mutual history; predictably, they fall in genuine love as well. It's an amusing, if somewhat one-sided courtship: Depardieu may be a slob, but he's a cultured, passionate slob, and because everyone except McDowell loves him on sight (and since there isn't any competition from her arrogant, politically correct, vegetarian boyfriend) it's only a matter of time before Depardieu charms her down from her ivory tower. Romantic comedy obviously isn't Weir's forte; he supposedly wrote the script with Depardieu in mind, but it's too bad the same can't be said for McDowell's underdeveloped character: an urban fairy tale princess waiting for the frog (no pun intended) to kiss her. The film nevertheless shows the same economy of style that highlights all of Weir's features, and it benefits from the winning presence of Depardieu, whose energy translates well into any language.


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