Sofia Coppola

The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

With this debut feature, Sofia Coppola announced her singular vision, exploring the aesthetics of femininity while illuminating the interior lives of young women. An adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’s popular first novel, The Virgin Suicides conjures the ineffable melancholy of teenage longing and ennui in its story of the suicides of the five Lisbon sisters, stifled by the rules of their overprotective religious parents—as told through the collective memory of a group of men who were boys at the time and still yearn to understand what happened. Evoking its 1970s suburban setting through ethereal cinematography by Ed Lachman and an atmospheric score by Air, the film secured a place for its director in the landscape of American independent cinema and has become a coming-of-age touchstone.

Film Info

  • Sofia Coppola
  • United States
  • 1999
  • 97 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #920

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Ed Lachman and approved by director Sofia Coppola, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New interviews with Coppola, Lachman, actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, author Jeffrey Eugenides, and writer Tavi Gevinson
  • Making of “The Virgin Suicides,” a 1998 documentary directed by Eleanor Coppola and featuring Sofia Coppola; Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola; actors Dunst, Hartnett, Scott Glenn, Kathleen Turner, and James Woods; Eugenides; and more
  • Lick the Star, a 1998 short film by Coppola
  • Music video for Air’s soundtrack song “Playground Love,” directed by Coppola and her brother Roman Coppola
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Megan Abbott

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised by cinematographer Ed Lachman and approved by director Sofia Coppola, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New interviews with Coppola, Lachman, actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, author Jeffrey Eugenides, and writer Tavi Gevinson
  • Making of “The Virgin Suicides,” a 1998 documentary directed by Eleanor Coppola and featuring Sofia Coppola; Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola; actors Dunst, Hartnett, Scott Glenn, Kathleen Turner, and James Woods; Eugenides; and more
  • Lick the Star, a 1998 short film by Coppola
  • Music video for Air’s soundtrack song “Playground Love,” directed by Coppola and her brother Roman Coppola
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist Megan Abbott

The Virgin Suicides
Cast
James Woods
Mr. Lisbon
Kathleen Turner
Mrs. Lisbon
Kirsten Dunst
Lux Lisbon
Josh Hartnett
Trip Fontaine
Michael Paré
Adult Trip Fontaine
Scott Glenn
Father Moody
Danny DeVito
Dr. Horniker
Giovanni Ribisi
Narrator
A. J. Cook
Mary Lisbon
Hanna Hall
Cecilia Lisbon
Leslie Hayman
Therese Lisbon
Chelse Swain
Bonnie Lisbon
Anthony DeSimone
Chase Buell
Lee Kagan
David Barker
Robert Schwartzman
Paul Baldino
Noah Shebib
Parkie Denton
Jonathan Tucker
Tim Weiner
Joe Roncetti
Kevin Head
Hayden Christensen
Jake Hill Conley
Chris Hale
Peter Sisten
Joe Dinicol
Dominic Palazzolo
Suki Kaiser
Lydia Perl
Credits
Director
Sofia Coppola
Written by
Sofia Coppola
Based upon the novel by
Jeffrey Eugenides
Producers
Francis Ford Coppola
Producers
Julie Costanzo
Producers
Dan Halsted
Producers
Chris Hanley
Executive producers
Fred Fuchs
Executive producers
Willi Baer
Coproducers
Fred Roos
Coproducers
Gary Marcus
Cinematographer
Ed Lachman
Production design
Jasna Stefanovic
Editors
Melissa Kent
Editors
James Lyons
Costume design
Nancy Steiner
Casting
Linda Phillips-Palo
Casting
Robert McGee
Casting
John Buchan
Sound design
Richard Beggs
Original score
Air
Second unit director
Roman Coppola
Acting/dialogue coach
Chris Neil
Music supervisor
Brian Reitzell
Sound recordists
Ethan Derner
Sound recordists
Henry Embry
Sound recordists
Pete Horner
Art direction
Jon Goulding
Set decoration
Megan Less
Makeup
Kathleen Graham
Hair
Gail “Freddie” Godden
Still photographers
Sofia Coppola
Still photographers
Corinne Day
Still photographers
Clayton Joye
Still photographers
Pierre Vinet

From The Current

This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides
This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides

What goes into staging the perfect on-screen kiss? Director Sofia Coppola and actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett look back on shooting a passionate make-out session in The Virgin Suicides.

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — May 11, 2018
The Virgin Suicides: “They Hadn’t Heard Us Calling”
The Virgin Suicides: “They Hadn’t Heard Us Calling”

Sofia Coppola lets us behind closed doors in ways that are beyond the imagining of the novel’s boy narrators.

By Megan Abbott

On Film / Essays — Apr 18, 2018