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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brontë's Lawyer
Jessie Keosian ...
Mrs. Bird
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Mrs. Sheehan
Brontë's Parent (Mother)
Conrad McLaren ...
Brontë's Parent (Father)
Danny Dennis ...
Stephen Pearlman ...
Mr. Adler
Victoria Boothby ...
Mrs. Adler
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George Faure is a Frenchman who has been offered a job in the U.S. But in order to get the job he must obtain a work permit - green card, and the easiest way is to marry an American. Bronte Parrish is a New Yorker who is a keen horticulturist and just found the perfect flat with its own greenhouse. Unfortunately the flat is for married couples only. A marriage of convenience seems the ideal solution to both problems. To convince the immigration officers they are married for love, they must move in with each other. As the mismatched couple attempt to cope with life together, they start to fall in love. Written by Sami Al-Taher <>

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An irresistibly charming comedy! See more »


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Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bид нa жительство  »

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$29,888,235 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The picture was filmed during late-March, April, May and the first half of June 1990 with a production shoot for the film running around two and a half months. See more »


Georges repeatedly tells immigration officers about his Africa trips. The script overlooks that fact that INS would have or request a copy of his passport to process his case. In real life, INS would have realized immediately that the Africa story was not real: no entry/departure stamps in his passport. See more »


Georges: [after finishing playing an ultra radical piece on the piano] Its not Mozart
Mrs. Adler: I know
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From the motion picture soundtrack of "Zorba The Greek"
Written by Mikis Theodorakis and I. Kambanellis
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Green Light for Viewing (DVD)
20 December 2005 | by (PariS) – See 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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