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American Beauty / The Virgin Suicides (Double Feature) (1999)

Kevin Spacey , Annette Bening , Sam Mendes , Sofia Coppola  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Thora Birch
  • Directors: Sam Mendes, Sofia Coppola
  • Writers: Sofia Coppola, Alan Ball, Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Producers: Alan Ball, Bruce Cohen, Chris Hanley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 218 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PHX5MS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Beauty / The Virgin Suicides (Double Feature)" on IMDb

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AMERICAN BEAUTY: Noted theater director Sam Mendes, who was responsible for the acclaimed 1998 revival of Cabaret and Nicole Kidman's turn in The Blue Room, made his motion picture debut with this film about the dark side of an American family, and about the nature and price of beauty in a culture obsessed with outward appearances. Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a man in his mid-40s going through an intense midlife crisis; he's grown cynical and is convinced that he has no reason to go on. Lester's relationship with his wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) is not a warm one; while on the surface Carolyn strives to present the image that she's in full control of her life, inside she feels empty and desperate. Their teenage daughter Jane (Thora Birch) is constantly depressed, lacking in self-esteem, and convinced that she's unattractive. Her problems aren't helped by her best friend Angela (Mena Suvari), an aspiring model who is quite beautiful and believes that that alone makes her a worthwhile person. Jane isn't the only one who has noticed that Angela is attractive: Lester has fallen into uncontrollable lust for her, and she becomes part of his drastic plan to change his body and change his life. Meanwhile, next door, Colonel Fitts (Chris Cooper) has spent a lifetime in the Marine Corps and can understand and tolerate no other way of life, which makes life difficult for his son Ricky (Wes Bentley), an aspiring filmmaker and part-time drug dealer who is obsessed with beauty, wherever and whatever it may be. THE VIRGIN SUICIDES: 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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love sophia's vision February 8, 2012
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The virgin Suicides is such a good movie. The subject of course is a little grim but the way its filmed is so dreamy and beautiful. You get lost in this world for a little while and leaves you with questions but not in a bad way. Sophia Coppola has a way with films that gets me every time. American Beauty is also along the same lines except to me a little more complex. The characters are a little more developed and you get everything by the end of the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! June 29, 2010
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American Beauty is a classic with great acting and music. Visually entertaining as well. The Virgin Suicides is a great story with the same- great acting, music. Love them both, so it was fantastic to find them together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two terrific films! May 8, 2008
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I had already discoverd the genius of American Beauty, but I hadn's seen The Virgin Suicides, Sophia Copolla's first film. This is a terrific combination
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This movie is one of my favorite all-time movies and won the Academy Award for Best Picture for 1999 and Kevin Spacey for Best Actor. It also won three other Academy Awards. Although it deals with some very controversial subject matter and may be reserved for more mature audiences it really hits a home run in the way it brings you into the lives of a very dysfunctional family and world. Although not for everyone, I highly recommend it if you like to see movies that take on controversial subjects and are not afraid to play them out on the screen. The cast is exceptional, especially the performance of Kevin Spacey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy July 9, 2013
By C.Rae
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Its a great combo. Very happy with my purchase. I didnt even know the 2 movies came together and the price was unbeatable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD set of winners April 20, 2013
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A DVD : meant to be kept. !!!! Miss Kristen Dunst in her prime @ 17. and Miss Thora Birch -the same.
great performances by all. Rated R , of course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classics! January 27, 2013
By Aja
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The virgin Suicides was beautiful and so was American Beauty in a more blunt sort of way. Both were great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done....
Two very good movies. Get these and watch them both. You learn about life when you take in others pain and problems.
Published 9 months ago by Tommy D
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work
I played the Virgin Suicides and the DVD skipped in multiple spots. I couldn't even finish the movie. I looked at the disc and it had a big old scratch in it. Thanks a lot.
Published 17 months ago by rikki
5.0 out of 5 stars As stated by seller
Movie can in great condition and..... both great movies. This is a must see movies for middle school and high school students.
Published 19 months ago by Monique Stacker
I purchased this set from MOVIE MARS INC. Although they shipped it would've been nice if it was WASN'T DAMAGED & SLIDING BACK & FORTH IN THE CASE. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by CutieP_22
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movies
Bought this for the amazing American Beauty, was surprised by how deeply moving The Virgin Suicides was, in its bewildering, melancholy way. Great package!
Published on November 29, 2011 by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Coppolla, Chip off the old block!
Sophia hits a home run with her adaptation of the Virgin Suicides. Breathtaking performances guided by a steady young hand!
Published on July 11, 2010 by Charles C. Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars pleased. again!
i have yet to receive anything ordered from amazon that has not made me happy. the price was great and it was received quickly and without hassels! thanks again, amazon!! :)
Published on July 13, 2009 by C. Wagner
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