Star Andie MacDowell was totally surprised when Peter Weir asked her to gain weight. She had always been asked to do the opposite.
First American film for and first film shot in the USA of French actor Gérard Depardieu.
The picture was Oscar nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Peter Weir but lost out to Bruce Joel Rubin for Ghost (1990). The film remains Weir's only ever Oscar nomination for screen-writing. Of Weir's six nominations [to date, June 2015], four are for directing, and one each for producing and for writing (Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) the latter being for Green Card (1990).
The movie utilizes a 'green' motif evoking the color of a green card throughout the picture where shades of the color green are seen in the film's cinematography and art direction, whether it be in costumes, sets, props, visuals or lighting. The same type of green visual aesthetic had been used around a decade earlier for the motion picture Green Ice (1981).
When this film was first conceptualized by writer-director Peter Weir, he wanted French actor Gérard Depardieu for the male lead role, after seeing his performance in Polish director Andrzej Wajda's earlier historical drama Danton (1983), which had been made and released about seven years earlier.
The movie is actually an Australian film, co-financed with Australian money, but without any Australian cast, and not filmed at all in Australia, but with only an Australian writer-producer-director Peter Weir, and with limited Australian crew, such as cinematographer Geoffrey Simpson, but with the film's post-production though conducted in Australia.
According to the marriage certificate seen in the film during an insert shot, the full names of the characters portrayed by Andie MacDowell and Gérard Depardieu were Bronte Mitchell Parrish and George Bertrand Faure respectively.
Green Card (1990) was the first cinema movie helmed by director Peter Weir after his critically acclaimed film Dead Poets Society (1989).
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".
According to Eleanor Quin at the Turner Classic Movies website, "true facts from [Gerard] Depardieu's life were . . . integrated into the script, including his fondness for prostitutes and his multiple tattoos".
The production of the picture was shelved for a year due to the filming schedule of French star Gérard Depardieu who was not available for around twelve months. In the meantime, director Peter Weir went and made Dead Poets Society (1989) instead.
The date and place that Brontë Parrish (Andie MacDowell) and Georges Faure (Gérard Depardieu) were married was the 2nd of February (Groundhog Day) 1990 at Centre Street, Manhattan, New York City, New York State, United States of America.
The name of the gardening group voluntary organization that was committed to transforming the urban metropolitan concrete jungle of New York City to an environment of more parks and gardens was "The Green Guerrillas".
First major motion picture theatrically released in the English language of French actor Gérard Depardieu.
According to 'Time Out', the picture is the "first romantic comedy" of writer-producer-director 'Peter Weir'. The picture was Weir's first feature film in the comedy genre in about nineteen years since his last which was Homesdale (1971), a short feature.
Writer-director Peter Weir wrote the film's original screenplay, reworked from an old short story, specifically for French star Gérard Depardieu, with no other actor ever considered for the lead male role. When typing the movie's script, Weir placed a photo of Depardieu from a newspaper above his typewriter.
Second and final [to date, June 2015] collaboration of director Peter Weir and director of photography Geoffrey Simpson who had both previously worked together on the Australian classic feature film Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) where the latter had not worked as a cinematographer but actually as an electrician.
The American Hollywood studio, the Walt Disney Pictures corporation, under its Touchstone Pictures banner, had reservations about financing this unusual genre film with an unknown male lead actor, French movie star Gérard Depardieu, who was only known to a limited audience from mainly French and foreign non-English language speaking films.
Peter Weir performed a number of roles on this picture. Weir was the film's director, the main producer, and the sole screen-writer.
According to show-business trade paper 'Variety', the movie's "plot is an inversion of the 1930s screwball comedies in which a divorcing couple spend the entire running time getting back together".
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.
Though this cinema movie is called Green Card (1990), the same named phrase used for one of its production company's names, is actually spelled differently, not as two words, but as one word, as "Greencard" (as in "Greencard Productions").
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.
When Bronte (Andie MacDowell) and Georges (Gérard Depardieu) go shopping after Bronte reluctantly agrees to allow Georges to stay over for the weekend so they can understand each other better there is a Hindi conversation in the background which translates as "I will be late for couple of hours".
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).
A "Green Card" is defined by the Wikipedia website as being a "United States Permanent Resident Card, an ID [identity] card attesting to the permanent resident status of an immigrant in the United States [of America]".
The picture was "an Australian-French co-production shot in Gotham and completed Down Under" according to show-business trade paper 'Variety'.
This motion picture has "no opening production company credit" according to the book "Australian Film 1978-1994: A Survey of Theatrical Features" edited by Scott Murray. Five production companies associated with the movie went uncredited according to the IMDb companies list for the film.