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Marquis de Sade's Justine (1969)

Marquis de Sade: Justine (original title)
Without a family, penniless and separated from her sister, a beautiful chaste woman will have to cope with an endless parade of villains, perverts and degenerates who will claim not only her treasured virtue but also her life.

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(as Jess Franco)

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(as Peter Welbeck)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marquis de Sade (as Klaus Kinsky)
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Rosemary Dexter ...
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Madame de Buisson
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Du Harpin
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Desroches
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Serena Vergano ...
Prisoner
José Manuel Martín ...
Victor (as José Manuel Martin)
Mike Brendel ...
Pierre
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Raymond
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Angel Petit ...
Jasmin
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Left without a family and a few crowns each, cloistered sisters Juliette and her innocent chaste sibling Justine are forced to leave the nunnery's protection, and for the first time in their life, dwell by themselves in the harsh outside world. But fate can be relentless as it can be cruel and undeserved, and while Juliette finds shelter in Madame de Buisson's welcoming brothel, at the same time, beautiful auburn-haired Justine will have to cope with an almost endless parade of villains, perverts and degenerates who will claim not only her puny fortune but also her treasured virtue and her life. As a result, Justine humiliated, wrongfully accused and brought to her knees, she will inevitably question her life of uprightness, chastity and suffering, reaching to a reluctant and unpleasant conclusion. Is it blasphemy or is it the voice of reason? Written by Nick Riganas

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In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice... See more »

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Drama | Horror

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Release Date:

3 April 1969 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Sanctuary  »

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| (Italian) | (2002 video release) (uncut) | (uncut)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly Jesús Franco's most expensive film to date. See more »

Goofs

The sound we hear on the soundtrack (at c. 26 minutes) is clearly the spanking of bare flesh but the film shows that the blows only strike clothed buttocks. See more »

Quotes

Juliette: To do evil is not dangerous as long as is not found.
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Connections

Version of Poor Cecily (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Plaisir D'Amour
(uncredited)
By Jean-Paul-Égide Martini
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An enjoyable sweeping epic. maybe
5 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I went into this film expecting lots of nudity and bad acting, as it turned out I got the opposite of both. The star of the film Romina Power is wonderful as well as beautiful. Some other reviewers have said she appeared dull and uninterested, but I don't think that is the case. I think her spaced out look was a cunning ploy to take advantage of situations when needed. Of course she was a virgin and untrusting of men which also lead to her innocence.

The beautiful setting and costumes should have won the Academy Award. :) Look for Jack Palance over-acting as a sexual deviant monk, who attempts to free young Justine. Jack and his fellow monks are studying the power of PLEASURE!!! They should have shown this at the Academy Awards the year after Palance won for City Slickers, and the whole place would have fell down laughing. I liked this movie, the uncut version runs 2 hours on DVD and is well worth it. I never got bored with the film. 5/10 Average, but better than I thought it would be.


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