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.


Sofia Coppola


Jeffrey Eugenides (novel), Sofia Coppola
1,078 ( 246)
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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)


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 »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong thematic elements involving teens | See all certifications »

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Based on Jeffrey Eugenides' 1993 debut novel of the same name. See more »


The decimal value of pi shown over the blackboard in Mr. Lisbon's class is incorrect starting at the eleventh decimal place. It's shown as 3.141592653594298... but the correct value is 3.141592653589793... This is shown at about minute 32 and minute 46 in the movie. See more »


Mr. Lisbon: [talking to his plants] Have we photosynthesized our breakfast today?
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On the Horizon
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Beautiful Looking Mystery Gets Inside Teen Heads
12 December 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Virgin Suicides" is an adolescent "Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus" as teen boys try to figure out the beautiful sisters in their midst.

It's encapsulated when the first suicide attemptee faces Danny Devito as her therapist who says she has nothing to kill herself over: "That's because you've never been a 13-year-old girl."

While Josh Hartnett's period wig isn't very good, his first serious acting effort is quite good and he almost keeps up with the excellent young women.

Perhaps it's a result of a woman writer/director adapting a male-written book (which I haven't read yet), but it really get inside teen heads. We get only a little sense, however, of the adults the guys become even as one narrates Wonder Years style so why is this story even important to him. And the one guy we do see as an adult is not much more revelatory.

It's all a mystery, very much like "Picnic At Hanging Rock."

It's a beautiful looking film with a dreamy musical score.

(originally written 5/14/2000)

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Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sofia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides See more »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$235,122, 23 April 2000

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1.85 : 1
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