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Green Card (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 February 1991 (USA)
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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Brontë's Lawyer
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Gorsky
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Mrs. Sheehan
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Conrad McLaren ...
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Anton
Danny Dennis ...
Oscar
Stephen Pearlman ...
Mr. Adler
Victoria Boothby ...
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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$29,888,235
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First screen-writing credit for writer-producer-director Peter Weir in around eight years with Weir's last at the time having been for The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). Green Card (1990) was also Weir's final script writing credit for around thirteen years until Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003). See more »

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

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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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Referenced in The Book That Wrote Itself (1999) See more »

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Pass The Ammo
Written and Performed by Professor Griff and L.A.D.
Courtesy of Luke Records
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predictable romance, but well crafted
24 November 2010 | by See 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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