Justine: In the Heat of Passion (1996) from Tuna

Justine: In the Heat of Passion (1996) is the first of 7 episodes of the Adventures of Justine, which are a soft-core that borrowed a little bit from the Indiana Jones trilogy. 
Justine is an Archeology student in a small college, and has fantasies about adventures with her handsome favorite professor. In this first volume, they travel to Egypt to see the lost temple of Isis, she is kidnapped in a Chinese antique shop, and they travel to Alaska in search of a magic Eskimo whale's tooth. They find reasons to have nudity on screen through most of the running time, but since the credits on each DVD are for the entire series, I was only able to ID two of the women in this first episode, Daneen Boone as Justine, and Odette Miro as a villain (every episode so far has included an evil woman). 


a softcore sex film, see the main comments
 The simulated sex scenes are way too long, use lengthy dissolves, and rotate the camera around the couple, all of which distracts from the story and the sex. On the other hand, the women are attractive, and the nudity well-lit. The set decoration is also colorful, although obviously shot in a studio with caned second unit shots for fill. 

DVD info from Amazon.

no widescreen 

no features

The series was a co-operative effort by the Irish, Dutch and French. I have to assume that they had some sort of release in Europe, although I can find nothing about that on line. Roger Corman acquired the US rights, and chose to release them as a boxed set. The stories are lame, the plots are weak, the acting is not that good, and the sex is tepid, but the nudity is good.  I hope the series gets better. 

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  • With their votes ... IMDB summary. Not enough votes for a score.
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics - or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this is a C as a softcore.

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