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The Virgin Suicides (1999)

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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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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

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A.J. Cook and Hayden Christensen appeared on Higher Ground (2000) - a short lived series about troubled teens. They played each other's love interests. See more »

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The city Grosse Pointe is misspelled "Gross Point" on the tree removal notice. See more »

Quotes

Doctor: Tell me what these remind you of
[holds up an ink blot card]
Cecilia: A banana.
[the doctor holds up another ink blot card]
Cecilia: A swamp.
[the doctor holds up another ink blot card]
Cecilia: An afro.
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Features The Wild, Wild World of Animals (1973) See more »

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Depressing, beautiful & thoughtful
14 November 2004 | by kystillaSee all my reviews

"Virgin Suicides" is a movie by Sofia Coppola that talks about the Lisbon family. A group of boys, who adored them, come together after 20 years and try to solve the mystery of the Lisbon sisters.

Parents (James Woods, Kathleen Turner) think that the world is too evil and cruel for their five beautiful daughters, Lux (Kirsten Dunst), Mary (A. J. Cook), Cecilia (Hanna R. Hall), Therese (Leslie Hayman) and Bonnie (Chelse Swain). After the youngest of the girls, Cecilia, commits suicide on the first and only party of their life, Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon change the rules to be more strict. When Lux decides to brake the rules, they are taken out of school and their lives become full of misery and pain.

To me, "Virgin Suicides" was one of the best movies I have seen in my short life. It made me think a lot about those girls and feel sorry for them. They were so beautiful and just in desire to live, but they were miserable under the strict commands of their parents. They knew about the boys who adored them and after the imprisoning, turned to them for help. They were all trying to find a way out of the misery and sadness in their own way.

10/10


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