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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mr. Lisbon
... Mrs. Lisbon
... Lux Lisbon
... Trip Fontaine
... Adult Trip Fontaine (as Michael Pare)
... Father Moody
... Dr. Horniker
... Mary Lisbon
... Cecilia Lisbon
Leslie Hayman ... Therese Lisbon
... Bonnie Lisbon
Anthony DeSimone ... Chase Buell (as Anthony Desimone)
Lee Kagan ... David Barker
... Paul Baldino
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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LOVE, SEX, DEATH, PASSION, FEAR, OBSESSION Just like life 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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19 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sofia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides  »

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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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Lux's pants change from when she gets up from the couch in the living room to the shot of her showing Trip the door. See more »

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Narrator: Collecting everything we could of theirs, the Lisbon girls wouldn't leave our minds but they were slipping away. The color of their eyes was fading along with the exact locations... of moles and dimples. From five, they had become four, and they were all the living and the dead, becoming shadows. We would have lost them completely if the girls hadn't contacted us.
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Come Sail Away
Written by Dennis DeYoung (as Dennis De Young)
Performed by Styx
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
Published by Almo Music Corp. o/b/o Itself & Stygian Songs
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Sofia Coppola is a genius
23 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I've searched for this movie more than two years, cause I've read the book and I do love it. It's one of the most beautiful stories about teenagers that had ever been written. The suicides of these five beautiful girls aren't to be taken seriously, it's a metaphor the author uses. He wants so write about the strange and often really terrible feelings teenagers have. And Sofia Coppola created an atmosphere I can't describe. Just as a light wind on a hot summer day, if you know what I mean. She's really one of the greatest young directors (especially female) of our time. "Lost in Translation" is a masterpiece as well. The actors were good, Kirsten Dunst is such a great actress, she should do more movies like "The Virgin Suicides", where she really has to act. Josh Harnett is wonderful as Trip and the girls who play Therese, Mary, Bonnie and Cecilia, are great discoveries. If you like films with depth, films you have to think about, this one here is remarkable for you. Please, watch it and immerse in the world of the Lisbon girls and the boys next door.

P.s.: I hope I didn't make too much mistakes. :)


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