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Klute (1971)

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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

Director:

Alan J. Pakula

Writers:

Andy Lewis, David E. Lewis (as Dave Lewis)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Bree Daniels
Donald Sutherland ... John Klute
Charles Cioffi ... Peter Cable
Roy Scheider ... Frank Ligourin (as Roy R. Scheider)
Dorothy Tristan ... Arlyn Page
Rita Gam ... Trina Gruneman
Nathan George ... Trask
Vivian Nathan Vivian Nathan ... Psychiatrist
Morris Strassberg Morris Strassberg ... Mr. Goldfarb
Barry Snider Barry Snider ... Berger
Betty Murray Betty Murray ... Holly Gruneman
Jane White ... Janie Dale
Shirley Stoler ... Momma Reese
Robert Milli Robert Milli ... Tom Gruneman
Anthony Holland ... Actor's Agent
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Storyline

Six months after the disappearance of Tuscarora, PA businessman Tom Gruneman, his boss, Peter Cable, and his wife, Holly Gruneman, hire Tom's friend, private detective John Klute to find out what happened to Tom, as the police have been unable to do so, and despite John having no expertise in missing persons cases. The only lead is a typewritten obscene letter Tom purportedly wrote to Manhattan actress/model/call girl Bree Daniel, who admits to having received such letters from someone, and since having received several mysterious telephone calls as well. The suggestion/belief is that Tom was one of Bree's past johns, although she has no recollection of him when shown his photograph. Bree's tricking is both a compulsion and a financial need. In their initial encounters, John and Bree do whatever they can to exert their psychological dominance over the other, especially as Bree initially refused to even speak to him. Despite their less than friendly start, they embark on a personal ... Written by Huggo

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Lots of guys swing with a call girl like Bree. One guy just wants to kill her. See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Klute See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,050
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The first of two best actress Oscars for Jane Fonda. See more »

Goofs

When Donald Sutherland writes notes on the legal pad about who the killer might be, it is not his hand but a double who has veinless, pudgy, black haired hands. See more »

Quotes

Bree Daniel: Look, will you please just try to get it from my side? A year ago I was in the life full time, I was living on Park Avenue. It was a very nice apartment, leather furniture... and then the cops dropped on me, they caged me. They started asking me about a guy, some guy, that I'm supposed to have seen a year before that. Two years ago! He could be in Yemen. Gruneman... what does that mean? It's a name! I don't know him! And they start showing me these pictures, and they don't mean anything to me. ...
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Alternate Versions

Some network TV versions omit six minutes' worth of footage, including a scene where Klute (Donald Sutherland) finds the clue that leads him to the murderer. See more »

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Soundtracks

We Gather Together
(uncredited)
Written by Adrianus Valerius
Lyrics by Theodore Baker
Sung by Jane Fonda
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Breathtaking, essential, unforgettable.
30 December 2003 | by chinasyndromeSee all my reviews

This is without a doubt the most intensely atmospheric film I've ever seen, and certainly the best, tied perhaps only with Chinatown. Pakula's eye shows us the true grit and grime of the city that never sleeps. Klute was packaged as a suspense thriller, but it is so much more than that. It is also a character study (either of Bree herself, or the city itself). It is a love story. It is a study of urban stereotypes. And did I mention the music? The eerie scrapes, nervous marimba and fearsome humming will really creep you out, but the warm trumpets and delicate strings on the flipside are warm and enveloping. Anyway, back to the film. The slow scenes are equally crucial as the action scenes; the gorgeous sequence of Bree and John Klute shopping for oranges in the city market at night is a powerful statement that love can exist between opposites. Fonda's brilliantly improvised therapy scenes are explosive as they are heartrending. No actress, living or dead, can touch her. As the beautiful and confused Bree she is both vulnerable and in charge. The unraveling of her psyche is fascinating to watch, as is John Klute's repulsion and fascination with "the city folk". The final confrontation will disturb and haunt you for days. Bottom line, essential. No film will take you into its world quite like this one. They just don't make 'em like this anymore.


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