Justine (1969 film)

Directed by George Cukor
Joseph Strick
Produced by Pandro S. Berman
Written by Lawrence B. Marcus
Andrew Sarris
Lawrence Durrell (novel)
Starring Anouk Aimée
Dirk Bogarde
Robert Forster
Anna Karina
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Rita Roland
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release dates
  • August 6, 1969 (1969-08-06)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,870,000[1]
Box office $2.2 million (US/ Canada rentals)[2]

Justine (1969) is a drama film directed by George Cukor and Joseph Strick. It was written by Lawrence B. Marcus and Andrew Sarris, based on the 1957 novel Justine by Lawrence Durrell.


Set in Alexandria in 1938, a young British schoolmaster named Darley meets Pursewarden, a British consular officer. Pursewarden introduces him to Justine, the wife of an Egyptian banker. Darley befriends her, and discovers she is involved in a plot against the British, the goal of which is to arm the Jewish underground movement in Palestine.



This film was originally put together by director Joseph Strick, who intended to do the movie in Morocco. He did some location shooting there, then got into fights with the executives at Fox and with star Anouk Aimee. When he did not hire others for the film as ordered by the studio and slept on the set while working on one of Aimee's scenes, they fired him and George Cukor was brought in. He proceeded to bring the film to Hollywood where the remainder of the film was finished. It became a financial flop and received critical reviews.

Some scenes were shot at Ennejma Ezzahra, a palace at Sidi Bou Said, in northern Tunisia.[3]

See also


  1. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p255
  2. "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, January 7, 1970 p 15
  3. Cowell, Alan (23 July 1987). "In Tunisia, A Rare Visit To a Palace And Its Owner". New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2015.

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