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Green Card
(1990)
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Composed, Performed, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Peter Weir
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(January 22nd, 1991)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have a soft spot for Hans Zimmer's relatively dated but easily digestible soft rock and new age tones for contemporary romance of the late 80's and early 90's.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear anything strikingly unique from Zimmer in Green Card outside of a single, enticingly exotic cue of alluring female vocals over worldly percussion and woodwind performances.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,638
WRITTEN 3/17/10
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Green Card: (Hans Zimmer) Would you arrange a marriage of convenience with a foreigner you don't know or even like simply to qualify for your ideal apartment? That's the silly premise of the cross-cultural 1990 romance flick Green Card, writer and director Peter Weir's attempt to lure audiences with funny interactions between Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell. When MacDowell's plant-loving character seeks to rent a New York apartment (with a greenhouse) available only to married couples, a common friend acquaints her with a French immigrant in need of a green card to stay in America. The two marry, accomplish their goals, and go their separate ways. When immigration officials start an investigation into their marriage, however, the leads are forced to get to know one another in the final reel despite their unsuccessful attempts at deception, and the film went on to moderate success that yielded a couple of Golden Globes and screenplay nominations across the board for Weir. Interestingly, it was the second consecutive Globe-winning comedy film scored by Hans Zimmer (Driving Miss Daisy was the winner the previous year), though this assignment, as any involving Weir typically is, presented unique challenges for the emerging composer. The first aspect of Green Card that required some extra coordination for Zimmer was the aspiring compositional side of the Depardieu character, with the famous French actor either shown playing Zimmer's original music on a piano or humming the score's primary theme while going about his business on screen. The second challenge for Zimmer was writing a score that not only addresses the crossing of cultural boundaries in a contemporary urban environment, but also functions in between several placements of high profile new age pieces by Enya (whose impact on soundtracks was felt heavily after her mainstream debut). Some of the new age elements in Zimmer's lighter writing at the time, from wet keyboarding to soothingly simple progressions for synthesizers, were comparable in tone to Enya's work, most evident in Toys, another score that had to deal with obvious Enya placement. Instead of tackling Green Card with the kind of airy orchestral romanticism that Georges Delerue might have brought to such a film, he played purely to the contemporary side of the film, emulating, as he so often did at the time (and usually by implicit request), the affable rhythmic personality of Rain Man's upbeat half. The result is an undemanding, functional score that is both easy to enjoy and features at least one notable highlight.

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Average: 2.95 Stars
***** 20 5 Stars
**** 18 4 Stars
*** 19 3 Stars
** 14 2 Stars
* 24 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 44:51
• 1. Subway Dreams - composed and performed by Larry Wright (1:29)
• 2. Instinct (3:33)
• 3. Restless Elephants (2:55)
• 4. Cafe Afrika (2:59)
• 5. Greenhouse (3:15)
• 6. Moonlight (1:24)
• 7. 9am Central Park (1:48)
• 8. Clarinet Concerto in A Major: Adagio - composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (8:38)
• 9. Silence (4:38)
• 10. Instinct II (3:09)
• 11. Asking You (1:45)
• 12. Pour Bronte (6:19)
• 13. Eyes on the Prize* - performed by The Emmaus Group Singers (3:04)
* composed by Harry Stewart and arranged by Hans Zimmer

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