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Encyclopedia > The Virgin Suicides (film)
The Virgin Suicides
Directed by Sofia Coppola
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola
Julie Costanzo
Dan Halsted
Chris Hanley
Written by Sofia Coppola (screenplay),
Jeffrey Eugenides (novel)
Starring James Woods,
Kathleen Turner,
Kirsten Dunst
Josh Hartnett
Music by Air
Distributed by Paramount Classics
Release date(s) April 21, 2000[1]
Running time 97 min.
Country USA USA
Language English
Budget $6 million[2]
IMDb profile

The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett. Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, the film tells of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters in an upper middle class suburb of Detroit during the 1970s. The girls’ suicides fascinate their community as their neighbors struggle to find an explanation for the acts. Image File history File links The_virgin_suicides. ... Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American director, actress, producer, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Jeffrey Kent Eugenides (b. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an Academy Award nominated American actress. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man film series. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Air is a French music duo, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. ... Closing logo Paramount Classics is the specialty film division of Paramount Pictures (which in turn is owned by Viacom), charged with producing, purchasing, distributing and marketing films, generally those with a more art house feel than films made and distributed by its parent company. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The year 1999 in film involved some significant events. ... Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American director, actress, producer, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an Academy Award nominated American actress. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man film series. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Virgin Suicides is the 1993 debut novel by American writer Jeffrey Eugenides. ... Jeffrey Kent Eugenides (b. ... Rather than surrender to US soldiers, the Mayor (Bürgermeister) of Leipzig Germany, committed suicide along with his wife and daughter on April 20, 1945. ... Housing subdivision near Union, Kentucky, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ...

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Plot outline

The film takes place in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in the 1970s, as four neighborhood boys look back on their neighbors; the Lisbon sisters. Beautiful and unattainable, Therese, Mary, Bonnie, Lux, and Cecilia are the enigmas that fill the boys' dreams. The film begins with the suicide attempt of the youngest sister, Cecilia, and the immediate aftermath. During a chaperoned party that was intended to make her feel better, Cecilia excuses herself and finally succeeds in taking her life by jumping off the roof and landing on the gate on their front lawn. The rest of the movie explores the girls' sheltered lives through the eyes of four neighborhood boys. Libertine Lux and Trip Fontaine, having recently emerged from baby fat, form a relationship and Trip persuades the girls' father to allow Trip to take her to Homecoming by promising to find dates for the other girls. Lux and Trip consummate their love and unexplainably, Trip leaves her. Lux breaks curfew, and the girls are punished by being taken out of school and kept within their house indefinitely. They contact the boys using lights and share songs over the phone while the songs noticeably become sadder and more lonely. After weeks of being confined to their home the Lisbon girls invite the boys over. When the boys arrive, they find Lux alone, smoking a cigarette in the living room. She invites the boys inside to wait for her sisters while Lux goes to wait alone in the car. The boys wander into the basement where they find a body hanging in the basement. The boys run out and try to begin the slow task of forgetting the girls. The boys figure that Therese, who took sleeping pills, was dead by the time they got there, Bonnie was the one hanging in the basement while Mary stuck her head in the oven. Lux was the last to die and was later found by policemen in the garage with the car running. The boys go to parties and try to forget the girls but still find themselves around the house. The parents of the girls give up and quietly move away. Even years later, the boys still find themselves talking in corners at business parties going over the evidence they had gathered only to find that the mystery of the girls is never to be solved, and that the Lisbons will always haunt them. This article is about the incorporated city of Grosse Pointe. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ...


Reaception

The film was a critical success, earning a score of 77% on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer[3]. According to Box Office Mojo, the film grossed $10.4 million worldwide, slightly less than half of which was domestic.[1] This movie ranked number 39 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office revenue in a systematic way. ... Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated EW) is a magazine published by Time Inc. ...


Score and soundtrack

The film's score featured thirteen tracks by the French electronic band Air. The Virgin Suicides is a score by the French duo Air, for the film of the same name. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Electronic music. ... Air is a French music duo, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. ...


The soundtrack featured songs by 1970s-era performers and by Sloan The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... Sloan is a power pop quartet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. ...

There was a separate soundtrack released, featuring music from Heart and Todd Rundgren. The Hollies are an English Beat group formed in the early 1960s. ... The Air That I Breathe is a song written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood, initially recorded by Phil Everly of the famed Everly Brothers. ... Carole King (born February 9, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... So Far Away is a 1985 rock song by Dire Straits. ... Heart is an American rock band which came out of Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, Washington State, USA. Going through several lineup changes, the only constant members of the group are sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. ... Crazy on You is the guitar-driven debut single from the female-fronted (Nancy and Ann Wilson) rock band Hearts debut album Dreamboat Annie, released in 1976. ... Magic Man was a hit rock song released in 1976 by Heart on their debut album Dreamboat Annie. ... Sloan is a power pop quartet from Halifax, Nova Scotia. ... Categories: | ... Categories: | ... Navy Blues was the fourth album by Canadian rock band Sloan. ... Categories: | ... “ELO” redirects here. ... For the greatest hits collection of the same name, see Strange Magic: The Best of Electric Light Orchestra. ... 10cc was a British pop band which achieved its greatest commercial success during the 1970s. ... Im Not in Love was also a 1978 song by Talking Heads, with different lyrics and sound. ... Gilbert OSullivan Raymond Edward OSullivan, known professionally as Gilbert OSullivan (born 1 December 1946, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland) is an Irish singer-songwriter, best known for his early 1970s hits Alone Again (Naturally), Clair and Get Down. // Early in his life, his family moved to Swindon, Wiltshire... Alone Again (Naturally) is a song by the Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert OSullivan. ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA), is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Come Sail Away is a song by Styx from their album The Grand Illusion. ...


Partial cast listing

This article contains a trivia section. ... Mary Kathleen Turner (born June 19, 1954) is an Academy Award nominated American actress. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Kirsten[1] Caroline Dunst (born April 30, 1982) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actress, known for her roles in Interview with the Vampire, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette, and Bring It On, as well as Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man film series. ... A.J. Cook portrays Fiona Kennedy in Bloodsuckers Andrea Joy Cook, more commonly known as A. J. Cook, is a Canadian actress. ... Hanna Rose Hall (born 1984 in Denver, Colorado) is an American actress. ... The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, starring James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett. ... Chelse Swain (born 25 May 1983 in Malibu, California) is an American actress, best known for playing Bonnie Lisbon in the 1999 American film The Virgin Suicides. ... Michael Paré (born October 9, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor. ... Daniel Michael DeVito Jr. ... Antonino Giovanni Ribisi (born December 17, 1974) is an American actor. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Jonathan Tucker (born May 31, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts), is a popular up-and-coming actor who started his film career in the mid 1990s. ... Sally Cahill is an American voice actor and onscreen actress. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b The Virgin Suicides from Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Business Data for The Virgin Suicides from IMDb
  3. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/virgin_suicides/
  4. ^ The Virgin Suicides is Hayman's only film credit. She is a long time friend of the director, Sofia Coppola, and was given a part in the movie for this reason. She can also be seen in The Flaming Lips' promo for "This Here Giraffe" which was also directed by Coppola.

Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office revenue in a systematic way. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1] is an online database of information about actors, movies, television shows, television stars and video games. ... Sofia Carmina Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American director, actress, producer, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. ... The Flaming Lips (formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983) are a Grammy-award winning[1] American alternative rock band. ...

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