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The Virgin Suicides (1999)

R | | Drama, Romance | 19 May 2000 (USA)
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.

Director:

Sofia Coppola

Writers:

Jeffrey Eugenides (novel), Sofia Coppola
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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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Rated R for strong thematic elements involving teens | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Hanna Hall screentested for the role of Lux Lisbon, but was too young for the part. She was cast as Cecilia instead. See more »

Goofs

When the Lisbon sisters and the boys are playing music to each other over the phone, the song chosen by the girls starts playing while the head shell/needle on their turntable is descending, before it makes contact with the record. See more »

Quotes

Cecilia: [voiceover, reading from her diary] The trees, like lungs, filling with air. My sister - the mean one - pulling my hair.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Suicides (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Tragic, Morbid and Disturbing Theme Explored with Extreme Sensibility
8 March 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1974, in Michigan, the lives of a group of teenage boys are affected by the suicide of five girls from the Lisbon family. Cecilia (13) (Hanna Hall), Lux (14) (Kirsten Dunst), Bonnie (15) (Chelse Swain), Mary (16) (A.J. Cook) and Therese (17) (Leslie Hayman) move with their Mathematics teacher father Mr. Lisbon (James Wood) and their possessive housewife mother Mrs. Lisbon (Kathleen Turner) to a calm suburb house. Their beauties attract the attention of a group of boys that meet in the house on the other side to watch the girls. When Cecilia commits suicide, the girls stay at home for a period, returning to school later. When the handsome football player Trip Fontaine (Josh Hartnett) seduces Lux and spends the night outside with her, Mrs. Lisbon locks the girls at home, leading them to commit massive suicide.

The first time I saw this movie was on 15 October 2001, and I was impressed with the magnificent debut of Sofia Coppola as a director. Yesterday I saw "The Suicide Virgins" again and I keep my first impression. Sofia Coppola uses the opposite style of her sensationalist father, and explores with extreme sensibility this tragic, morbid and disturbing theme, the suicide of teenagers. The behavior of the American society is subtly criticized, through the condemned action of the press and the lack of attitude from the neighbors and school community, since these agents see and comment the abnormal behavior of the Lisbon family and take no attitude to help the girls. The nostalgic music score, with classics from the 70s, is another plus. With regard to the charismatic team of actors and actresses, their performances are simply stunning. Five years later, it calls the attention the modifications mainly in Josh Hartnett, who I believe was participating of his first important movie: he was a practically unknown teenager, and now is a famous adult actor. Kathleen Turner, from the sexy and gorgeous Matty Walker/Mary Ann Russell of "Body Heat" (1981) to this awful Mrs. Lisbon, is also impressive. "The Suicide Virgins" is a movie that deserves to be watched many times. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "As Virgens Suicidas" ("The Suicide Virgins")


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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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1.85 : 1
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