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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 in suburban Detroit in the mid 1970s.

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Sofia Coppola

Writers:

Jeffrey Eugenides (novel), Sofia Coppola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Mr. 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 Leslie Hayman ... Therese Lisbon
Chelse Swain ... Bonnie Lisbon
Anthony DeSimone Anthony DeSimone ... Chase Buell (as Anthony Desimone)
Lee Kagan Lee Kagan ... David Barker
Robert Schwartzman ... Paul Baldino
Noah Shebib Noah Shebib ... Parkie Denton
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sofia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$235,122, 23 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,859,475, 27 August 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,503,148, 27 December 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

The decimal value of pi shown over the blackboard in Mr. Lisbon's class is incorrect starting at the eleventh decimal place. It's shown as 3.141592653594298... but the correct value is 3.141592653589793... This is shown at about minute 32 and minute 46 in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: What lingered after them was not life, but the most trivial list of mundane facts: a clock ticking on a wall, a room dim at noon, and the outrageousness of a human being thinking only of herself.
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Soundtracks

Alone Again (Naturally)
Written by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Performed by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Courtesy of Grand Upright Music, Ltd.
By Arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company
Published by Grand Upright Music, Ltd.
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overwhelming and beautifully done film...
14 February 2001 | by tripperMSee 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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