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The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  19 May 2000 (USA)
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A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents.



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A man about forty years of age tells the story from when he was a teenager in upscale suburban Detroit of his and three of his friends' fascination with the mysterious and doomed Lisbon sisters. In 1974, the sisters were seventeen year old Therese, sixteen year old Mary, fifteen year old Bonnie, fourteen year old Lux, and thirteen year old Cecilia. Their fascination still remains as they try to piece together the entire story. The sisters were mysteries if only because of having a strict and overprotective upbringing by their father, who taught math at the girls' private co-ed school, and overly devout Catholic mother, who largely dictated the household rules. The story focuses primarily on two incidents and the resulting situations on the girls' lives. The first was an action by Cecilia to deal with her emotions over her life. And the second was the relationship between Lux - the sister who pushed the boundaries of the household rules most overtly in doing what most teenagers want to... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for strong thematic elements involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sofia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$235,122 (USA) (21 April 2000)


$4,859,475 (USA) (25 August 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shortly after this film received its wide release, Hayden Christensen was announced as the next actor to play Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. Director Sofia Coppola had previously appeared in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). See more »


When the girls are locked up in their house, the front lawn is slowly covered with brown leaves to show the passing of several weeks. However, there is only one tree on the front lawn, and its leaves are green. The surrounding trees are also green and none of them show evidence of falling leaves. See more »


Tim Weiner: What we have here is a dreamer. Someone completely out of touch with reality.
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A Dream Goes on Forever
Written by Todd Rundgren
Performed by Todd Rundgren
Courtesy of Bearsville Records
By Arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company and Warner Special Products
Published by Warner/Tamberlane Publishing Corp. o/b/o Itself, Fiction Music Inc., Humanoids Music and Screen Gems Music Inc.
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Kept me quite still
26 January 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I had been meaning to see The Virgin Suicides since I first heard it was being released to film, based on its 1993 book by Jeffrey Eugenides. I never got around to it until the other night when I rented it on video.

Oh. My. God. This film was beautifully done with its easy-on-the-eyes cinematography, the shades of colours, the portrayal of seasons, the flawless actors (all of them), the way they moved & spoke.

As in the book, this film is told as a memory of a group of boys' fascination & obsession with the lives of a group of very blonde sisters.

It's not your typical formula film & includes a wondrous soundtrack, to say the least, with hypnotic contributions by Air. It still lingers in my mind - the true mark of a great film, in my eyes.

The book, the film, the soundtrack: I recommend them all.

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