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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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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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1.85 : 1
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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 boys are in Economics class they look outside, where they see Lux sitting on the grass. The guy that is with Lux throws some grass at her, but in the next shot the grass can be seen on her shoulder, but the guy didn't throw it there. See more »

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Narrator: Given Lux's failure to make curfew everyone expected a crackdown, but few anticipated it would be so drastic. The girls were taken out of school, and Mrs. Lisbon shut the house in maximum-security isolation.
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References If.... (1968) See more »

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A Dream Goes on Forever
Written by Todd Rundgren
Performed by Todd Rundgren
Courtesy of Bearsville Records
By Arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company and Warner Special Products
Published by Warner/Tamberlane Publishing Corp. o/b/o Itself, Fiction Music Inc., Humanoids Music and Screen Gems Music Inc.
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overwhelming and beautifully done film...
14 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

genuine film talent runs in the blood. sophia coppola's debut is so perfectly done that it'll be hard for her to top. her use of camera angles and shadowing and filters came together so well. i didn't get to see it big screen but you don't need to. it's so elegant and "large" a film.

the acting is subtle and astute. the soundtrack lends to the film better than most films i've seen come out of new hollywood.

the only continuity flaw i saw was the elm tree being in the front yard towards the end after it was so cerimoniously cut down. being the psychological focal point of the film, they should have been more vigilant chequing the dailies...

virgin suicides and american beauty both show profound promise for new hollywood. see them both...


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