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
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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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The story of two people who got married, met, and then fell in love. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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According to the book "Australian Film 1978-1994: A Survey of Theatrical Features" edited by Scott Murray, the film has no credit for costume designer. The picture does however have credits for a seamstress, three people as wardrobe supervisors, with Marilyn Matthews billed as associate costume designer. See more »

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Bronte is barelegged at the party, but removes black stockings upon returning home. See more »

Quotes

Brontë Mitchell Faure: We don't have to like each other. We just have to get married.
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Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Larry Loses Interest (1993) See more »

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Eyes On The Prize
Written by Harry Stewart
Performed by the Emmaus Group Singers
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Offbeat and uplifting
13 June 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

For those looking for an offbeat, uplifting romantic comedy, this one fits the bill. Andie McDowell plays Bronte; she is a young city gardener who has her eye on a beautiful apartment with a greenhouse. The problem is she must be married in order to apply for it. Enter Gerard Depardieu. He plays an immigrant Frenchman looking to marry an American so he will have permanent residency status in the United States. A mutual friend arranges a paper marriage between the two. Bronte gets her apartment; Depardieu has what he wants, also. Unfortunately, the INS suspects it is a bogus marriage and the two have to "temporarily" move in together in order to prove their marriage is real. From the start, Bronte and her immigrant husband dislike each other. Yet, strange things can happen. This is a sweet story with plenty of laughs sprinkled throughout. McDowell looks stunning and Depardieu, despite carrying a lot of extra weight, charms and delights. Nice little touches, such as the scenes where the couple take fake photographs of their honeymoon, are prevalent. Take a chance on Green Card; it's guaranteed to give the viewer permanent smiling status.


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France | Australia | USA

Language:

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Release Date:

1 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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