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Marquis de Sade: Justine
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3 April 1969 (Italy) See more »
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An erotic fantasy horror from the tortured pen of The Marquis de Sade.
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A woman named Justine is used and abused by all manner of perverts, freaks and sexual deviants. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Klaus Kinski ... Marquis de Sade

Romina Power ... Justine

Maria Rohm ... Juliette
Rosemary Dexter ... Claudine
Carmen de Lirio ... Madame de Buisson

Akim Tamiroff ... Du Harpin
Gustavo Re ... Derroches

Mercedes McCambridge ... Madame Dusbois
Serena Vergano ... Prisoner
José Manuel Martín ... Victor
Mike Brendel ... Pierre
Harald Leipnitz ... Raymond
Horst Frank ... Marquis de Bressac
Angel Petit ... Jasmin

Sylva Koscina ... Marquise de Bressac
Howard Vernon ... Clément

Jack Palance ... Antonin
Rosalba Neri ... Florette
Claudia Gravy ... Olivia
Gérard Tichy ... Comte Courville
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Ciges ... (uncredited)

Jesús Franco ... White turbaned host in theatre (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marquis de Sade  novel "Justine ou les malheurs de la vertu" (uncredited)
Harry Alan Towers  (as Peter Welbeck)

Produced by
Harry Alan Towers .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Nicolai 
 
Cinematography by
Manuel Merino 
 
Film Editing by
Nicholas Wentworth 
 
Art Direction by
Santiago Ontañón 
 
Production Management
Juan Estelrich .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ricardo Franco .... assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Javier Pérez Zofio .... camera operator (as Javier Zofio)
 

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Also Known As:
"Marquis de Sade: Justine" - Italy (original title)
"Justine" - USA, West Germany (TV title)
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Runtime:
90 min | Argentina:95 min | Italy:105 min (Italian version) | UK:124 min (2002 video release) (uncut) | 124 min (uncut version)
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Reportedly Jesús Franco's most expensive film to date.See more »
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Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Bad Taste Triumphant - Great Fun!, 14 October 2003
Author: david melville (dwingrove@qmuc.ac.uk) from Edinburgh, Scotland

Sorry to disappoint, but Justine is by no means the welter of non-stop gore and perversion you might expect from a confluence of Franco, de Sade and producer Harry Alan Towers. Adapted from the Marquis's sublimely immoral 'moral tale,' it plays for much of its length as a bawdy 18th century romp in the style of Tom Jones. Naturally, with the added joys of cut-rate production values and dodgy acting.

We only hit familiar Franco territory when our heroine (a bland Romina Power - yes, Tyrone's daughter) is ravished by a coven of depraved monks. Cue for lots of naked Eurotrash starlets, trussed up in chains. Gee, it's good to be home!

So Justine is not quite your typical Franco production. For a start, it has something approaching a budget. That means a lot of semi-big names (most of whom have seen better days) show up as 'guest stars.' Indeed, the film is best watched as a vast costume party, whose guests have been invited to Come-As-Your-Most-Embarrassing-Moment.

Hence we get Akim Tamiroff as a drunken pimp, Mercedes McCambridge as a lesbian brigand, Sylva Koscina as a cross-dressing noblewoman and Klaus Kinski as the Marquis de Sade himself. The grand prize must go to Jack Palance as Brother Antonin, spiritual leader of the above-mentioned depraved monks. His may be the most deranged performance in the annals of screen acting.

Weighed down by the baggage of an international tax-shelter epic, Justine never comes close to the dreamlike delirium of Succubus or Virgin Among the Living Dead or any of Franco's more extreme, smaller-scale works. Still, it's a lot of fun - in its utterly reprehensible way.

Franco himself even crops up as the ringmaster of a grotesque peepshow, where Justine is forced to appear after she survives any number of Fates-Worse-Than-Death. Now that's what I call typecasting!

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