The Virgin Suicides (1999) Poster


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After she had written the script, Sofia Coppola was heartbroken to discover that another company was already producing an adaptation of the book themselves. However, they were not happy with their script, so she showed them hers and they ended up using it instead.
Thurston Moore of the band Sonic Youth originally gave the book to Sofia Coppola. After reading it she decided to make it into a movie.
Alicia Silverstone was offered the role of Mary Lisbon, but turned it down.
When the boys and girls are calling each other to play songs on the record player, they don't use the standard '555-' phone numbers used in television and film.
Scott Glenn, Danny DeVito and Kirsten Dunst had all previously appeared in films directed by Francis Ford Coppola: Apocalypse Now (1979), The Rainmaker (1997) and New York Stories (1989), respectively.
Sofia Coppola played Kathleen Turner's little sister in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), which was directed by Sofia's father, Francis Ford Coppola. Sofia then directed Ms. Turner in this film.
Hanna Hall screen tested for the role of Lux Lisbon, but was too young for the part. She was cast as Cecilia instead.
Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2000 (#07, with "Yi-Yi")
At the beginning of the film, workers apply a "Notice for Removal" tag to a diseased tree. The tag reads "City of Gross Point Parks Department." This is a misspelling of Grosse Pointe, MI - a bordering suburb of Detroit - and the city in which both the book and movie take place. Jeffery Eugenides, the author of the novel, was born in Detroit and attended University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe.
A.J. Cook and Hayden Christensen co-starred in Higher Ground - a short lived series about troubled teens. They played each other's love interests.
When the girls are on lock-down, you see the days going by with a view of the house. This was after the tree in the front of house was supposedly cut down - yet the tree is visible in the whole season's montage.
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A world map, using the far less common Gall-Peters projection, can be seen in background in the scene where the boys exchange songs with the Lisbon sisters over the telephone
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).
Robert Schwartzman (Paul Baldino) is the real life cousin of the director Sofia Coppola.
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Sofia Coppola: [sun through leaves]
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The pre-homecoming photo of the girls foreshadows their deaths. Lux is holding her hand out to feel a leak coming from above (her hand's position resembles holding a cigarette) - later when she dies, her hand is seen hanging out of the running car in the closed garage, holding a cigarette. Therese's eyes are closed, and she died from an over dosage of sleeping pills. Bonnie's arm appears to be scratching her upper back, but also resembles a hanging - which is how she died. And after the photo was taken, Mary coughs, and she died from sticking her head in the oven.

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