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Jeffrey Eugenides (novel)
Sofia Coppola (written by)
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Release Date:
26 April 2000 (Belgium) See more »
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Love Sex Passion Fear Obsession See more »
Plot:
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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3 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Woods ... Ronald Lisbon

Kathleen Turner ... Mrs. Lisbon

Kirsten Dunst ... Lux Lisbon

Josh Hartnett ... Trip Fontaine

Michael Paré ... Adult Trip Fontaine (as Michael Pare)

Scott Glenn ... Father Moody

Danny DeVito ... Dr. Horniker

A.J. Cook ... Mary Lisbon

Hanna Hall ... Cecilia Lisbon
Leslie Hayman ... Therese Lisbon

Chelse Swain ... Bonnie Lisbon
Anthony DeSimone ... Chase Buell (as Anthony Desimone)
Lee Kagan ... David Barker

Robert Schwartzman ... Paul Baldino
Noah Shebib ... Parkie Denton

Jonathan Tucker ... Tim Weiner
Joe Roncetti ... Kevin Head

Hayden Christensen ... Jake Hill Conley
Chris Hale ... Peter Sisten

Joe Dinicol ... Dominic Palazzolo

Suki Kaiser ... Lydia Perl
Dawn Greenhalgh ... Mrs. Scheer
Allen Stewart-Coates ... Mr. Scheer

Sherry Miller ... Mrs. Buell

Jonathan Whittaker ... Mr. Buell

Michèle Duquet ... Mrs. Denton (as Michelle Duquet)
Murray McRae ... Mr. Denton
Roberta Hanley ... Mrs. Weiner
Paul Sybersma ... Joe Larson
Susan Sybersma ... Mrs. Larson
Peter Snider ... Trip's Dad
Gary Brennan ... Donald
Charles Boyland ... Curt Van Osdol
Dustin Ladd ... Chip Willard

Kristin Fairlie ... Amy Schraff (as Kirsten Fairlie)

Melody Johnson ... Julie
Sheyla Molho ... Danielle
Ashley Ainsworth ... Sheila Davis
Courtney Hawkrigg ... Grace
François Klanfer ... Doctor (as Francois Klanfer)
Mackenzie Lawrenz ... Jim Czeslawski (as MacKenzie Lawrenz)
Tim Hall ... Kurt Siles

Amos Crawley ... John

Andrew Gillies ... Principal Woodhouse
Mairlyn Smith ... Mrs. Woodhouse
Sally Cahill ... Mrs. Hedlie
Tracey Ferencz ... Nurse
Scot Denton ... Mr. O'Conner (as Scott Denton)
Catherine Swing ... Mrs. O'Conner

Timothy Adams ... Buzz Romano (as Tim Adams)
Michael Michaelessi ... Parks Department Foreman (as Michael Miglessi)
Sarah Minhas ... Wanda Brown
Megan Kennedy ... Cheerleader
Sandi Stahlbrand ... Meredith Thompson
Neil Girvan ... Drunk Man in Pool
Jaya Karsemeyer ... Gloria
Leah Straatsma ... Rannie
Mark Polley ... Cemetery Worker #1
Kirk Gonnsen ... Cemetery Worker #2
Marianne Moroney ... Teacher (as Marianne Maroney)
Anne Wessels ... Woman in Chiffon (as Ann Wessels)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Giovanni Ribisi ... Narrator (voice)
Derek Boyes ... Football 'Grieving Teacher' (uncredited)
John Buchan ... John (Lydia's Boss) (uncredited)

Mandy Lee Jones ... Student (uncredited)
Thomas Mars ... Guest at the Prom Night (uncredited)

Directed by
Sofia Coppola 
 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Eugenides (novel)

Sofia Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Willi Bär .... executive producer (as Willi Baer)
Suzanne Colvin .... line producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... producer
Julie Costanzo .... producer
Fred Fuchs .... executive producer
Jordan Gertner .... associate producer
Dan Halsted .... producer
Chris Hanley .... producer
Gary Marcus .... co-producer
Fred Roos .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Air 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
 
Film Editing by
Melissa Kent 
James Lyons 
 
Casting by
John Buchan 
Robert McGee 
Linda Phillips-Palo 
 
Production Design by
Jasna Stefanovic 
 
Art Direction by
Jon P. Goulding  (as Jon Goulding)
 
Set Decoration by
Megan Less 
 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
 
Makeup Department
Lisa Brown .... assistant makeup artist
Gail 'Freddie' Godden .... key hair stylist (as G.E. 'Freddie' Godden)
Kathleen Graham .... key makeup artist
Roz Music .... hair stylist: second unit: Los Angeles
Roz Music .... makeup artist: second unit: Los Angeles
Suzanne Savage .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
David Bailey .... post-production supervisor: Toronto
Suzanne Colvin .... production manager
Pearl A. Lucero .... assistant production manager: Los Angeles (as Pearl Lucero)
Livia Pérez-Borrero .... production manager: Los Angeles (as Livia Perez-Borrero)
Keitha M. Redmond .... assistant production manager (as Keitha Redmond)
James R. Rosenthal .... post-production supervisor
David Hillary .... production leader (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Binney .... second assistant director (as Chris Binney)
Roman Alexander Buchok .... third assistant director (as Al Buchok)
Roman Coppola .... second unit director
David MacDonald .... first assistant director: Toronto
Michel Poirier .... trainee assistant director
Tom Quinn .... first assistant director
Stewart Young .... second assistant director: Toronto
Geoff Ashenhurst .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Michal Page .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Graham Tallman .... daily trainee assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Lilian Baksalevowicz .... art department continuity (as Lillian Baksalevowicz)
Jon Bankson .... construction coordinator: Hot Sets (as Jon Banksen)
Jon Bankson .... paint coordinator: Hot Sets (as Jon Banksen)
Craig Boland .... props assistant
Nigel Churcher .... graphics
Nigel Churcher .... second assistant art director
Scott Duran .... set dresser: Los Angeles
Christopher P. Garr .... construction consultant: Los Angeles (as Chris Garr)
Brad Greaves .... art department apprentice
Rob Hepburn .... buyer
Terry Macauly .... set dresser (as Terry McCauly)
Kenny Meinzinger .... property master
Marc Meisels .... set dresser: Los Angeles (as Mark Meisels)
Andrij Molodecky .... property master
Victor Renaldi .... storyboard artist
Dana Richardson .... props: Toronto
Jeff Silver .... set dresser
Linda Spheeris .... art director: Los Angeles
Linda Spheeris .... set decorator: Los Angeles
Tom Thompson .... props: Toronto
Tom Thompson .... set decorator: Toronto
Tamara Andrews .... scenic painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Doug Andham .... adr recordist (as Doug Andorka)
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Erik Blank .... adr editor
Erik Blank .... dialogue editor
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Keith Burhans .... adr editor
Keith Burhans .... dialogue editor
Mark Cabiddu .... boom operator
Sanaa Cannella .... foley artist
Kevin DeBernardi .... mix facility assistant (as Kevin Debernardi)
Ethan Derner .... sound recordist
Henry Embry .... sound recordist
Pete Horner .... sound recordist
Sean Keegan .... foley recordist
Robert Knox .... recording supervisor
Laura Laird .... adr editor
Laura Laird .... dialogue editor
Ivan Landau .... mix facility assistant
Kenneth C. Mantlo .... boom operator: Los Angeles (as Kenny Matlow)
Roy Wes Otis .... adr editor
Roy Wes Otis .... dialogue editor
Jesse Pomeroy .... adr editor
Jesse Pomeroy .... adr supervisor
Jesse Pomeroy .... dialogue editor
Brian Sarvis .... recording supervisor
Robert Serda .... adr recordist
Julia Shirar .... assistant sound designer
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Dan Sperry)
Howard Stein .... mix facility supervisor
Jussi Tegelman .... additional sound effects editor
Gretchen Thoma .... foley artist
Galen Walker .... supervising sound editor: DSW
Alek Bromke .... adr recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jordan Craig .... special effects coordinator
John LaForet .... special effects coordinator (as John Laforet)
 
Visual Effects by
Dennis Dorney .... optical lineup
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show opticals and split screen optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Bret Mixon .... rotoscoping (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dan Belley .... stunt double: Dominic
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bickel .... grip: Toronto (as Michael Bickell)
Paul Boucher .... first assistant camera
Mark Cowden .... best boy
Corrine Day .... still photographer
Gary Dunham .... first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Chuck Eukey .... key grip: Los Angeles
Chris Faulkner .... dolly grip
Chris Faulkner .... key grip
Charles A. Gould .... key grip: Toronto (as Charles Gould)
Stewart Grayburn .... best boy grip
Monica Guddat .... first assistant camera: Toronto
Rob Haid .... grip (as Robert 'Gump' Haid)
Robert Jason .... gaffer: Los Angeles (as Bobby Jason)
Clayton Joye .... still photographer
Erwin Lodewyk .... grip: Toronto
David McNichol .... electrician (as Dave McNicoll)
David McNichol .... gaffer: Toronto (as Dave McNicoll)
Steve Mrkobrada .... second assistant camera
Demetri Portelli .... camera trainee
Anthony Ramsey .... electrician (as Tony Ramsey)
Rod Robertson .... best boy: Los Angeles
Edward Stanulis .... second assistant camera: Toronto
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator
Franco Tata .... gaffer (as Frank Tata)
Scott Tremblay .... electrician
Renee Treyball .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles (as Renee Traball)
Paul Van der Linden .... director of photography: Toronto (as Paul Van Der Linden)
Pierre Vinet .... still photographer
Andreas Waldherr .... rigging grip
Chris Wilson .... grip
Steve Kolodziej .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Tom Thompson .... grip: Toronto (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Stuart Howard .... casting: New York
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Howard Meltzer .... casting: New York
Roz Music .... additional casting: Plaster Casting
Joanna Polley .... extras casting
Hayley Marcus Simpson .... additional casting: Plaster Casting (as Hayley Marcus)
Jane Alderman .... additional casting (uncredited)
Elizabeth Gray .... casting assistant: Canada (uncredited)
Stephanie Laffin .... casting assistant: New York (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Dozier .... assistant costumer: Los Angeles
Emma England .... wardrobe assistant
Judith England .... costume coordinator
Kim Forrest .... wardrobe assistant
Sheila Radovancevic .... wardrobe truck assistant
Lynette Meyer .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction
Haines Hall .... editor: diary montage
Sue Mitchell .... assistant to post-production supervisor
Darrin Navarro .... assistant film editor (as Darrin Navaro)
Alain J. Romi .... assistant film editor
Dana Ross .... color timer
Ann Trulove .... first assistant editor
Lonnie Vickers .... assistant editor: New York
Todd Zongker .... assistant editor: New York
Jessica O'Brien .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Richard Beggs .... composer: additional music
Richard Beggs .... music editor
Jill Meyers .... music business affairs
Brian Reitzell .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Juan Barrasso .... grip truck driver: Los Angeles (as Juan Barroso)
Martin Bentler .... driver: honeywagon
Dennis Bressan .... driver (as Dennis Bressen)
Steven 'Sparky' Carr .... transportation coordinator (as Sparky Carr)
Brian Delahanty .... trailer driver: Los Angeles
Tim Fagan .... driver
Al Izumi .... driver
John McCaughey .... transportation captain
Gordie Merrick .... transportation consultant: Los Angeles
Teri Muz .... driver: Mr. Woods (as Terri Westall-Muz)
John Renwick .... driver
Steven Sacrob .... driver (as Steve Sacrab)
Carl Severin .... driver
Carl Severin .... picture car wrangler
David Stetson .... driver: Ms. Turner
Mike Thomas .... driver
Arnie Vazquez .... driver: camera truck: Los Angeles (as Arnie Vasquez)
 
Other crew
Pamela Abdy .... assistant: Mr. De Vito, Los Angeles
Heather Anderson .... office production assistant
Petra Baker .... set supervisor
Michael Blecher .... location manager
Chris Canute .... studio teacher: Los Angeles
Jamie Danesh .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Anne Edgar .... assistant: Fred Roos (as Ann Edgar)
Mike Fantasia .... location consultant: Los Angeles
Johannes Gamble .... vacation photo montage
Kara Hiltz .... clearance coordinator
Nancy Jackson .... assistant production coordinator
Winnifred Jong .... script supervisor
Tarek Kahn .... assistant: Julie Costanzo (as Tarek Khan)
Laura Kim .... publicist: mPRm Public Relations
Thomas W. Leidner .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Tom Leidner)
Penny McDonald .... assistant: James Woods
Geoff McFetridge .... title designer: Champion Graphics
Haley McLane .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Chris McLean .... location production assistant
Stephanie Miller .... script supervisor: second unit Toronto
Terri Modjallal .... craft service: Los Angeles
Christopher Neil .... acting coach (as Chris Neil)
Christopher Neil .... dialogue coach (as Chris Neil)
Timothy Wayne Peternel .... production executive: Muse (as Timothy Peternel)
Suzanne Porter .... assistant location manager
Keitha M. Redmond .... production coordinator (as Keitha Redmond)
Pierre Remy .... chef: Los Angeles
Christina Sawyer .... post-production accountant
Fred Scialla .... stand-in: Danny DeVito, Los Angeles (as Freddy Scialla)
B.E. Sharp .... production accountant (as B. Sharp)
Jeannine Sharp .... first assistant accountant
Jay Shoemaker .... chief executive: Coppola Companies
Jeremy Speigel .... office production assistant
Kathleen Talbert .... unit publicist
Jeff Trachtman .... key production assistant: Los Angeles (as Jeff Trachman)
Michelle Vodraska .... set production assistant: Toronto
Diane Brunjes Robb .... production assistant (uncredited)
Linda Callow .... choreographer (uncredited)
Natalie Fokes .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Ron Gwynne .... location scout (uncredited)
Clark McCutchen .... production executive (uncredited)
Dana Reznik .... photo double: Kirsten Dunst (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Lance Acord .... thanks
Rima Acord .... thanks
Seth Berg .... thanks
Ron Broitman .... thanks
Josh Charles .... thanks
Linda Chelgren .... thanks
Stacey Crockett .... thanks
Sarah Diamond .... thanks
Tom Eaton .... thanks
Paula Erickson .... thanks
Gray Frederickson .... thanks (as Grey Frederickson)
Len Freedman .... thanks
Craig Fruin .... thanks
Vincent Gamba .... thanks
Peter Graham .... thanks
Lorna Guess .... thanks
Roberta Hanley .... thanks
Jennifer Jesperson .... thanks
Spike Jonze .... thanks (as Spike)
Robin Kaye .... thanks
Eddie Lambert .... thanks
Pat Lucas .... thanks
Dick Mean .... thanks
Anahid Nazarian .... thanks
Terry O'Sullivan .... thanks
Dave Owen .... thanks
Yoon Sin Park .... thanks
Joe Paulino .... thanks
Dave Read .... thanks
Peter Scott .... thanks
Greta Seacat .... thanks
Chip Sutherland .... thanks
Natalie Swan .... thanks
Lisa Thomas .... thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sofia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong thematic elements involving teens
Runtime:
97 min | Germany:90 min (TV version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Alicia Silverstone was offered the role of Mary Lisbon, but turned it down.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: A song playing on the radio when the girls are driving to the homecoming dance is Sloan's "Everything You've Done Wrong", which was not released until 1996.See more »
Quotes:
Principal Woodhouse:Your daughters haven't been in school for over two weeks.
Mr. Lisbon:Have you checked out back?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in On the Set of 'CQ' (2002) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, but not a great adaptation of the book, 17 April 2011
Author: deconstructing

Sofia Coppola's film is an adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides excellent novel of the same name. It is a beautiful, visually stunning movie, but it fails to capture the book's spirit.

The Virgin Suicides presents itself as a story about five mysterious Lisbon sisters. It all starts when the youngest one, Cecilia, tries to commit suicide, but, unsurprisingly, tragic events don't stop there. In essence, this is a coming of age story for the group of boys, who watch the Lisbon sisters and fantasize about them long after they're gone. It's also the story about the death of suburbia in the 70s.

The cast is very good, if a little surprising. Kathleen Turner and James Woods are excellent as the parents. Kirsten Dunst might not seem as the perfect person to play the most rebellious of the sisters, Lux, but she is quite good in capturing the character's spirit. Josh Hartnett as the school hearth throb Trip Fontaine, proves to poses an acting talent in one of his earliest roles. Too bad some of his later work was forgettable (or embarrassing). But bringing Trip Fontaine to life was not an easy task, given the importance of the character and the fact the screen time was limited, and he pulls that off with ease.

Copolla does her best to keep all the important dialogues and scenes from the book. Great attention is given even to the little details only people who've read the novel will notice: the bracelets, brown-and white saddle shoes, Trip Fontaine's necklace. Directors and screenwriters rarely do that these days, and it's a big plus.

However, the film never manages to be more than just average, if stunningly beautiful. It somehow includes all the details, but completely misses the atmosphere and spirit of the novel. It's probably because of Copolla's choice to focus on the sisters themselves and not the boys; this way, much of the mystery about them is gone, and it was one of the driving forces in the book.

But a film doesn't need to be a great adaptation of the book to be good. However, The Virgin Suicides is never fully able to exist on its own; there are many scenes and situations that seem confusing if you're unfamiliar with the book. So at the same time it fails to capture the novel's spirit, while being too dependent on the novel to fully stand on its own.

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