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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Georges
... Brontë
... Lauren
... Phil
... Brontë's Lawyer
Jessie Keosian ... Mrs. Bird
... Gorsky
... Mrs. Sheehan
... Brontë's Parent (Mother)
Conrad McLaren ... Brontë's Parent (Father)
... Anton
Danny Dennis ... Oscar
Stephen Pearlman ... Mr. Adler
Victoria Boothby ... Mrs. Adler
... Party Guest
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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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The story of two people who got married, met, and then fell in love. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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1 February 1991 (USA)  »

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Bид нa жительство  »

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Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$29,888,235
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1.85 : 1
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The first name of the character portrayed by Gérard Depardieu is spelled and/or spoken differently at different times in the film and in the movie's publicity materials as either "George" and/or "Georges". See more »

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Georges is not carrying the photo album outside, after being interviewed by authorities. See more »

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[trying to shift all the blame for their bogus marriage onto Georges]
Brontë Mitchell Faure: You stroll around my apartment, touching my things. Do you know what trouble you've gotten me into? Do you?
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Storms In Africa
Written by Enya, Roma Ryan and Nicky Ryan
Performed by Enya
Courtesy of WEA Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Decent though rarely hilarious romcom
20 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

A romantic comedy-drama really, with far fewer laughs and much more sentiment than typical for the genre, though seemingly based on the favourite romcom premise that two people thrown into a position of intimacy for an extended period will inevitably fall into a touching and romantic love no matter how incompatible they at first appear. Depardieu comes across very well, though really doesn't need to try very hard to pull off the fairly stereotypical 'big french feller' he plays here, and MacDowell is her usual droney-voiced, moody-faced self, there to look pretty but prim rather than inspire any great feeling. The story ambles along nicely, taking in most of the standard licks of the genre ? impressing the friends, the family, high jinks with the neighbours, bad behaviour and heroism, shouting and laughing together to illustrate how love can emerge from conflict. Not hugely funny or romantic, but very nice to see that a romantic leading man could still smoke, drink and eat lots of butter in health-obsessed Hollywood back in 1990.


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