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A dark comedy punctuated by moments of drama, The Virgin Suicides explores the emotional underpinnings of a family starting to come apart at the seams in 1970's Midwestern America. The Lisbons seem like an ordinary enough family; Father (James Woods) teaches math at a high school in Michigan, Mother (Kathleen Turner) has a strong religious faith, and they have five teenage daughters, ranging from 13-year-old Cecilia (Hannah Hall) to 17-year-old Therese (Leslie Hayman). However, the Lisbon family's sense of normalcy is shattered when Cecilia falls into a deep depression and attempts suicide. The family is shaken and Mother and Father seek the advice of psychiatrist Dr. Hornicker (Danny DeVito), who suggests the girls should be allowed to socialize more with boys. However, boys soon become a serious problem for Cecilia's sister Lux (Kirsten Dunst). Lux has attracted the eye of a high-school Romeo named Trip (Josh Hartnett), who assures Father of his good intentions. But Cecilia finally makes good on her decision to kill herself, throwing the Lisbons into a panic; and after attending a school dance, Trip seduces and then abandons Lux. The Lisbons pull their daughters out of school, as an emotionally frayed Mother keeps close watch over them. Meanwhile, Lux continues to attract the attentions of the local boys, and she responds with a series of clandestine sexual episodes with random partners as often as she can sneak out of the house. The debut feature from Sofia Coppola (whose father, Francis Ford Coppola, co-produced this film), The Virgin Suicides also features supporting performances from Scott Glenn and Giovanni Ribisi. The film was shown as part of the Directors Fortnight series as the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 19, 2000


Kirsten Dunst
as Lux
James Woods
as Mr. Lisbon
Kathleen Turner
as Mrs. Lisbon
Josh Hartnett
as Trip Fontaine
Hanna R. Hall
as Cecilia
Chelse Swain
as Bonnie
A.J. Cook
as Mary
Leslie Hayman
as Therese
Danny DeVito
as Dr. Hornicker
Scott Glenn
as Father Moody
Jonathan Tucker
as Tim
Anthony DeSimone
as Chase
Giovanni Ribisi
as Narrator
Hayden Christensen
as Jake
Joe Dinicol
as Dominic Palazzolo
Michael Paré
as Adult Trip Fontaine
Noah Shebib
as Parkie Denton
Robert Schwartzman
as Paul Baldino
Fred Scialla
as Stand-In (Danny DeVito)


Sofia Coppola
Julie Costanzo
Chris Hanley
Francis Ford Coppola
Dan Halsted
Jeffrey Eugenides
Book Author
Sofia Coppola
Edward Lachman
Composer (Music Score)
James Lyons
Melissa Kent
Yasna Stefanovic
Production Designer
Fred Roos
Fred Fuchs
Executive Producer
Nancy Steiner
Costume Designer
Richard Beggs
Sound/Sound Designer
Linda Phillips-Palo
Robert McGee
John Buchan