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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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It's 9 o'clock on a Saturday. Do you know where your children are? See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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

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. See more »

Goofs

To show the Lisbon house's gradual dilapidation, the 7 on the house number above the door is sideways as if it was missing a nail. In a later shot that is meant to demonstrate the passage of time, the 7 is upright again. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [Narration] In the end we had pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained. Oddly shaped emptiness mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn't name. What lingered after them was not life, but the most trivial list of mundane facts. A clock ticking on the wall, a room dim at noon, the *outrageousness* of a human being thinking only of herself.
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Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »

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So Far Away
Written by Carole King
Performed by Carole King
Master Provided Courtesy of Carole King Productions
Published by Colgems-EMI Music Inc.
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Engaging and heartfelt - a MUST see!
6 May 2000 | by eursinSee all my reviews

"The Virgin Suicides" is a touching, artistic film which transforms you through various stages of grief to realize what you already knew all along - Suicide is pointless. The film focuses on the lives of five teenage sisters from the perspective of the teenage boys who adore them. It's warm, funny, and totally engaging…not to mention a soundtrack to die for! There are incredible moments of cinematography - images that burn like when mother Kathleen Turner insists that her daughter, Kirsten Dunst burn her rock albums, Kiss, Aerosmith….the overwhelming stench and smoke billows out the doorway behind her when Kathleen throws the rest in the trash…and without a flinch she re-enters the billowing doorway. Only a few rocky transitions between scenes catch you by surprise and pull you out of Sophia's incredible imagination and back to your theatre seat. With wonderful performances by Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, James Woods and the rest and powerful directing by Sophia Coppola…you're left wondering as any friend or parent would - "why?" "Didn't they know we loved them?"


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