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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

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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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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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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Trivia

Shortly after this film received its wide release, Hayden Christensen was announced as the next actor to play Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels. Director Sofia Coppola had previously appeared in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). See more »

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When the girls are locked up in their house, the front lawn is slowly covered with brown leaves to show the passing of several weeks. However, there is only one tree on the front lawn, and its leaves are green. The surrounding trees are also green and none of them show evidence of falling leaves. See more »

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Principal Woodhouse: Your daughters haven't been in school for over two weeks.
Mr. Lisbon: Have you checked out back?
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I'm Not in Love
Written by Graham Gouldman & Eric Stewart
Performed by 10CC (as 10cc)
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
Published by Man-Ken Music for the U.S. and Canada, EMI Music Publishing Ltd. for the Rest of the World
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Engaging and heartfelt - a MUST see!
6 May 2000 | by See 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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