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The Virgin Suicides -- In 1974 Michigan, the lives of a group of teenage boys are affected by the suicide of five daughters of the Lisbon family, whom they worship.
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LOVE, SEX, DEATH, PASSION, FEAR, OBSESSION Just like life See more »
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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
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)
Paul Stanley .... sound facilities liaison (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)
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)
Location Management
Michael Blecher .... location manager
Mike Fantasia .... location consultant: Los Angeles
Chris McLean .... location production assistant
Suzanne Porter .... assistant location manager
Ron Gwynne .... location scout (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard Beggs .... composer: additional music
Richard Beggs .... music editor
Jill Meyers .... music business affairs
Brian Reitzell .... music supervisor
Alan Ett .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Scott Liggett .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
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
Chris Canute .... studio teacher: Los Angeles
Jamie Danesh .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Anne Edgar .... assistant: Fred Roos (as Ann Edgar)
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
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)
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 .... production assistant (uncredited)
Linda Callow .... choreographer (uncredited)
Natalie Fokes .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Clark McCutchen .... production executive (uncredited)
Dana Reznik .... photo double: Kirsten Dunst (uncredited)
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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Also Known As:
"Sofia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for strong thematic elements involving teens
97 min | Germany:90 min (TV version)
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Director Trademark: [Sofia Coppola] [sun through leaves]See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Narrator:We knew that they knew everything about us,and that we couldn't fathom them at all.See more »
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200 out of 226 people found the following review useful.
Captures the Dark Comedy and Lyric Poetry of the Book, 31 January 2001
Author: Daniel J. Fienberg (d_fienberg) from Los Angeles, CA

I'm uncertain why the daughter of a Hollywood icon would select as her first director effort a nearly unfilmable book of linguistic time bombs and nearly unspeakable tragedy. Jeffrey Eugenides's book The Virgin Suicides is one of the underappreciated gems of the 1990s and surely Sophia Coppola must have known that the critics would have it out for anything she did (see reviews listed under "acting: Part 3, The Godfather"). So Coppola, daughter of Francis Ford, decided to do something unexpected: She made a gem of a movie that's easy to like and complex enough to savour.

Taking place "25 years ago" in "Michigan," The Virgin Suicides tells the story of a group of teenage boys and the Lisbon sisters, whose suicides changed them forever. The book is told with a rather unique choral narrator (the entire story is in the first person plural) which makes it clear that the focus of the story is not the Lisbons, but the boys and their attempts to restructure the events of what must have been their final summer of innocence. Similarly, the film features extensive voice-overs, culled from the book, coming from an unidentified member (or members) of the gang. You might wonder why you're never able to distinguish between any of the four or five or six males who wander through the story, or why at least several of the Lisbon girls also blend together, but rest assured it's intentional. The Virgin Suicides is very much about a baffled collective.

The movie begins with the first suicide attempt of the youngest Lisbon girl. When the doctor examining her asks why should would try to kill herself she offers the simple response, "Obviously, Doctor, you have never been a thirteen year old girl." The book and film are both really about men and how incapable we are of understand what it's like to be a thirteen year old girl or a thirty year old woman or really anything in between. And what's even more frustrating is the fact that women seem to understand men so devastatingly well (a trait perfectly personified in Kirsten Dunst's portrayal of middle sister Lux). The narrative such as it is marches inexorably through the gradual awakening of the narrators and the inevitable realization that they never knew anything.

Coppola, who also adapted the screenplay, makes decent use of the book's two metaphorical subplots -- an outbreak of Dutch Elm Disease and a cemetery worker's strike. The rot of suburban life lies at the core of this story and Coppola wisely never overplays her hand. She loves using mythic imagery, generally revolving around Dunst, an actress beginning to produce the kind of resume that speaks of longevity. Coppola's background in costuming is also evident, displaying the decadence and tackiness of the observing characters, contrasted with the spare Puritainism of the Lisbons.

Coppola gets mostly good performances from the young generation of her cast. As the only two characters to get individual notice, Dunst and Josh Hartnett do excellent work. She's the animal core of the film and he perfectly captures the perplexed, corrupted purity of the male side of the story. Playing against type, James Woods is excellent as the Lisbon's introverted henpecked father and Kathleen Turner is effectively scary as their domineering mother.

The film is also aided by some wonderful technical work including Jasna Stefanovic's nostalgic, but never cutesy production design and Edward Lachman's versatile cinematography. The soundtrack by the French band Air is also notable, mixed with various hit songs from the period.

The Virgin Suicides has perhaps too many moments of whimsy, where it seems too devoted to its source, even when the material doesn't translate properly. But still, it's the moments of magic -- the Lisbon girls prom, an eerie family party, and phone conversation spoken only with records -- that stand out. I'd give this one an 8/10.

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