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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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Beautiful, mysterious, haunting, invariably fatal. Just like life. See more »


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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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overwhelming and beautifully done film...
14 February 2001 | by (earth) – See all my reviews

genuine film talent runs in the blood. sophia coppola's debut is so perfectly done that it'll be hard for her to top. her use of camera angles and shadowing and filters came together so well. i didn't get to see it big screen but you don't need to. it's so elegant and "large" a film.

the acting is subtle and astute. the soundtrack lends to the film better than most films i've seen come out of new hollywood.

the only continuity flaw i saw was the elm tree being in the front yard towards the end after it was so cerimoniously cut down. being the psychological focal point of the film, they should have been more vigilant chequing the dailies...

virgin suicides and american beauty both show profound promise for new hollywood. see them both...

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