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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.



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Beautiful, mysterious, haunting, invariably fatal. Just like life. See more »


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

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Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sofia Coppola's the Virgin Suicides  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$235,122 (USA) (21 April 2000)


$4,859,475 (USA) (25 August 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Engaging and heartfelt - a MUST see!
6 May 2000 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

"The Virgin Suicides" is a touching, artistic film which transforms you through various stages of grief to realize what you already knew all along - Suicide is pointless. The film focuses on the lives of five teenage sisters from the perspective of the teenage boys who adore them. It's warm, funny, and totally engaging…not to mention a soundtrack to die for! There are incredible moments of cinematography - images that burn like when mother Kathleen Turner insists that her daughter, Kirsten Dunst burn her rock albums, Kiss, Aerosmith….the overwhelming stench and smoke billows out the doorway behind her when Kathleen throws the rest in the trash…and without a flinch she re-enters the billowing doorway. Only a few rocky transitions between scenes catch you by surprise and pull you out of Sophia's incredible imagination and back to your theatre seat. With wonderful performances by Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst, James Woods and the rest and powerful directing by Sophia Coppola…you're left wondering as any friend or parent would - "why?" "Didn't they know we loved them?"

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