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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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Runtime:

| (TCM print) (dvd release)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Ptak received a 'special appreciation' credit. See more »

Goofs

Bronte's arm on Georges' arm when they talk for the first time to the government agents. See more »

Quotes

Brontë Mitchell Faure: We don't have to like each other. We just have to get married.
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Subway Drums
Written and Performed by Larry Wright
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Green Light for Viewing (DVD)
20 December 2005 | by leplatypusSee all my reviews

A movie isn't never as much great as it can speak personally. This movie does it for me and I'm lucky. This review is thus very subjective but it comes from the heart....

First, it is a rare movie in which I feel my favorite town, New York as my neighborhood. The town really appears as an endless collection of big cubic buildings, but under the soft menace of the green invasion (trees, garden,...). All the roof scenes are memorable...

Then, McDowell plays an almost introvert woman in contrast to the French extraversion of Depardieu. Sure, being French, I support our national icon, who is particularly in his turf here, but I was more over captivated by the development of the Bronte character and her feelings. From her initial motivation, then indifference to exasperation and finally complicity & deep devotion, it was a remarkable evolution to behold and understand.

Finally, there's also a lot of subtext & subtlety here and it's great for the brain: I mean some things talks to our unconscious and the connection isn't immediate. For example, think how Africa is the main background: the emigration subject, the Afrika bar, the drums, the safari life ... There's also the sweet translation from Green Card to Green House, and the role of ecology... Like I already said, the green tries to grow in every free space left from the rock buildings, which is a poetic metaphor for the emigration...

So, a great romantic story in a wonderful setting & which leaves many doors to open...


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