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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.

Director:

Sofia Coppola

Writers:

Jeffrey Eugenides (novel), Sofia Coppola
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Cast

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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Storyline

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 Passion Fear Obsession 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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Sofia Coppola: [sun through leaves] See more »

Goofs

The character "Jake Hill Conley" was originally called "Joe Hill Conley" in the book on which this film was based. During a scene of the girls' home incarceration, where Therese is reading on one of the beds, Mary is applying make-up to Bonnie, and Lux is sitting on the window seat, he is incorrectly referred to as "Joe Hill Conley" by the narrator. See more »

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Narrator: We felt the imprisonment of being a girl, the way it made your mind active and dreamy. And how you ended up knowing what colors went together.
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Referenced in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007) See more »

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The Air That I Breathe
Written by Mike Hazlewood (as Mike Hazelwood) & Albert Hammond
Performed by The Hollies
Courtesy of Hi Records
Under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
Published by EMI April Music Inc. for the U.S. & Canada, Rondor Music (London) Ltd. for the Rest of the World
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Sofia Coppola is a genius
23 January 2005 | by sara_o1See 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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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sofia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides 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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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