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Marquis de Sade (book)
Ian Cullen (screenplay)
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11 November 1989 (Japan) See more »
There NEVER was a woman like JUSTINE... See more »
Justine is a nubile young virgin cast out of a French orphanage and thrust into a depraved world of prostitution... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Koo Stark ... Justine Jerome

Martin Potter ... Lord Carlisle
Lydia Lisle ... Juliette Jerome
Katherine Kath ... Mme Laronde
Hope Jackman ... Mrs. Bonny
Barry McGinn ... George
Louis Ife ... Pastor John
Maggie Petersen ... Mother Superior
David Masterman ... Archer
Ian McKay ... Brough
Malou Cartwright ... Sister Claire

Jason White ... Pearce
Ann Michelle ... Pauline
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joanna Andrews ... Nun (uncredited)

Glory Annen ... Nun / Prostitute (uncredited)
Jeannie Collings ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Ian Cullen ... Brothel Customer (uncredited)
Barbara Eatwell ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Jennifer Guy ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Ken Hicks ... Brothel Customer (uncredited)
Carol Noh ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Yvonne Quenet ... Woman in Coach (uncredited)
Alan Rebbeck ... Lord Claverton (uncredited)
Echo Strade ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Boger 
Writing credits
Marquis de Sade (book "Justine and other Writings")

Ian Cullen (screenplay)

Produced by
Chris Boger .... producer
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins 
Film Editing by
Peter Delfgou 
Makeup Department
Anne McFadyen .... hairdresser
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Dominic Fulford .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Lawrence .... assistant director
Art Department
George Noonan .... production buyer
John Poyner .... property master
Sound Department
Brian Blamey .... dubbing editor
Brian Blamey .... sound editor
Bernard Mattimore .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas Luke .... still photographer
Other crew
Mark Epp .... assistant to director
Susanna Merry .... continuity


Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Marquis de Sade's Justine" - , USA (imdb display title)
"Amori vizi e depravazioni di Justine" - Italy
"De Sade's Justine" -
"Justine" -
"Justine - Grausame Leidenschaften" - West Germany
"Justine: The Misfortunes of Virtue" - USA (DVD title)
"Жюстина" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Justine" - Argentina (imdb display title)
"Justine" - Norway (imdb display title)
"Okrutna namietnosc" - Poland
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99 min (cut version)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Mme Laronde:Now, all you have to do is comply with all my teachings. Be clean and economical, frank with me and fair with your companions - and fraudulent when dealing with men. Come with me my little one.
Mme Laronde:In ten years, from now, you have your own apartments with a silver mirror before and a maid behind to do your bidding. The erotic arts as taught in this house will bring you whatever may be your hearts' desire. Now, what money have you?
Juliette Jerome:Less than forty pounds between us, Madame.
Mme Laronde:Ooooh, a well-born girl must avoid the possession of money. It is the means to do foolish things. A man, a man is the only currency that a sensible girl ever needs. It's true, little one, and you must measure a man by his pocketbook. Never look for any other valuable inside a pair of breeches. Never! Huh? Bon! Now, lunch.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
Concerto No.5 for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056: LargoSee more »


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not a great movie, but worth seeing I guess, 17 November 2007
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is another adaptation one of the better Marquis de Sade stories "Justine" which tells the story of two sisters, Justine and Juliette, who are orphaned and expelled from their convent school. Juliette becomes a prostitute and rises to a position of power by freely indulging in vice. Her sister Justine, however, tries to remain virtuous and is victimized by nearly everybody. This film was adapted a number of times by European directors of the late 60's and 70's and then, strangely, never really touched again. The best adaptation was Jesus Franco's "Marquis de Sade's Justine" even though it was marred by the wretched over-acting of "name" American actors like Mercedes McCambridge and Jack Palance, and the wretched non-acting of "daughter of an American name" lead actress Romina Powers. It is nevertheless one of Franco's best movies. "Justine" with Alice Arno and the Swedish hardcore film "Justine och Juliette" were less successful; both are so drenched in graphic sex that they lose the fascinating spirit of de Sade, and ultimately any kind of coherent plot at all.

This film actually works pretty well for awhile and is quite faithful to the original story with only a few digressions into the then popular "nunsploitation" genre as in one lurid scene where Juliette makes it with one lesbian nun while her sister is nearly raped by another. The end is kind of abrupt, and not terribly effective though.

The lovely lead Koo Stark who plays the TITular character is definitely a real ASSet here, not because she was a great actress but because she was one of the few European sex stars who genuinely could portray an innocent character. (Some might describe her as a "girl next door" type, but few people were probably lucky enough to have a girl like HER living next door to them). The actress playing Juliette was actually pretty good, making it all the more regrettable that she kind of disappears halfway through the movie. And as others have said, there is also an early cameo appearance by another English cult actress, Glory Annen.

Not a great movie, but worth seeing I guess.

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