• Director: Sofia Coppola
• Writer: Jeffrey Eugenides, Sofia Coppola
• Release Date: 19 May 1999 (Cannes Film Festival)
• MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong thematic elements involving teens.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Drama | Mystery | Romance
• Runtime: 97 min.
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highlights
• James Woods
• Josh Hartnett
• Danny DeVito
• A.J. Cook

A group of male friends become obsessed with a group of mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents after one of them commits suicide.

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  • When the boys and girls are calling each other to play songs on the record player, they don’t use the standard ‘555-‘ phone numbers used in television and film.
  • After she had written the script, Sofia Coppola was heartbroken to discover that another company was already producing an adaptation of the book themselves. However, they were not happy with their script, so she showed them hers and they ended up using it instead.
  • Chosen by “Les Cahiers du cinéma” (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2000 (#07, with “Yi-Yi”)
  • A world map, using the far less common Gall-Peters projection, can be seen in background in the scene where the boys exchange songs with the Lisbon sisters over the telephone
  • Sofia Coppola played Kathleen Turner’s little sister in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) directed by her father, Francis Ford Coppola. Sofia then directed Turner in this.
  • Kim Basinger was originally offered the role of Sara Lisbon, but after the success of L.A. Confidential (1997) she became very expensive. Alyssa Milano was also considered for the role of Sara Lisbon, but dropped out from the project due to scheduling conflicts from “Charmed” (1998).
  • Alicia Silverstone was offered the role of Mary Lisbon, but turned it down.
  • Thurston Moore of the band Sonic Youth originally gave the book to Sofia Coppola. After reading it she decided to make it into a movie.


Lux Lisbon: I can’t breath in here.
Mrs Lisbon: Lu, you are safe, in here.

Trip Fontaine: You’ll love it.
Trip Fontaine: Peach schnapps.
Trip Fontaine: [Voice over] Babes love it.
Lux Lisbon: That stuff tastes really good.