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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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3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... David Barker
Robert Schwartzman ... Paul Baldino
FourTee ... Parkie Denton (as Noah Shebib)

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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 »

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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After seeing her in the movie Manny & Lo (1996), Sofia Coppola offered Scarlett Johansson a role in the film. Johansson, however, considered the script to be "too intense" and turned it down. Johansson would star in Coppola's next film, Lost in Translation (2003). See more »

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As the sisters and their dates drive home from the dance in the Cadillac, a white (1988-'91) Honda Civic hatchback appears parked on a driveway in the background. See more »

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Tim Weiner: Look, she's laughing, he made her laugh.
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Featured in 2001 MTV Movie Awards (2001) See more »

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Hello It's Me
Written by Todd Rundgren
Performed by Todd Rundgren
Courtesy of Bearsville Records
By Arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company and Warner Special Products
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
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"How much can you write about dead trees?"
13 November 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A strange, surreal flight-of-fancy of death and love, remembrance and how romanticized our memories become. It's also very funny, tending to mix the black comedy of something like "Heathers" with the stifling suburban scenario of "American Beauty" (but it's better than both). Kirsten Dunst is fantastic as the foxiest of five golden-toned sisters in the mid-'70s who feel trapped by their parents (a peculiar, but not overly monstrous couple), trapped by their feelings, trapped by time. They can breathe--and live freely--only in their fantasies (and perhaps in death), but do their realities represent a prison? It's the talent of writer-director Sofia Coppola not to push everything over-the-top; she's careful, she leaves the viewer contemplating the characters' motivations and actions. The situation is indeed unexplainable, yet it is in our nature to expect a resolution, to expect concrete evidence as to WHY and demand an answer. Yet there are no answers to the sadness of the strangers who live across the street, even as we pass through their lives and through their houses. "The Virgin Suicides" offers fascinating food for thought. *** from ****


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Language:

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Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$235,122, 23 April 2000

Gross USA:

$4,906,229

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,409,377
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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