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Donald Sutherland is coolly commanding and Jane Fonda a force of nature in Klute, a cuttingly intelligent thriller that generates its most agonizing tension from its stars' repartee. Read critic reviews

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This acclaimed thriller stars Jane Fonda as Bree Daniel, a New York City call girl who becomes enmeshed in an investigation into the disappearance of a business executive. Detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) is hired to follow Daniel, and eventually begins a romance with her, but it appears that he hasn't been the only person on her trail. When it becomes clear that Daniel is being targeted, it's up to her and Klute to figure out who is after her before it's too late.

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Jane Fonda
Bree Daniel
Roy Scheider
Frank Ligourin
Vivian Nathan
Psychiatrist
Morris Strassberg
Mr. Goldfarb
Jean Stapleton
Goldfarb's Secretary
Andy Lewis
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Dave Lewis
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C. Kenneth Deland
Executive Producer
Michael Small
Original Music
Gordon Willis
Cinematographer
Carl Lerner
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George Jenkins
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Critic Reviews for Klute

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Audience Reviews for Klute

  • Feb 17, 2021
    Jane Fonda's performance of a lifetime as a New York prostitute, hipper than hip and yet still clueless as to her own motivations, making her very sympathetic, fingered as perhaps the last person to see a missing businessman alive. Don Sutherland is the detective on the prowl, and justly wary of the big city wildcat, an injured woman. The entire stew captivates on many levels, earthy and sterile simultaneously, and very satisfying with crisp writing and great directing. A classic.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2018
    The romance is a little unconvincing, but I like that the mystery/thriller stuff comes to a pretty believable conclusion. This is the perfect role for Fonda, allowing her to be both tough and vulnerable.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 15, 2013
    Sutherland and Fonda are absolutely brilliant in Klute. It is completely engaging in terms of the plot development and there is true intelligence to the characters.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2012
    The most interesting thing about this movie (viewing it in 2012) is the idea people had back then that being free of human entanglements was the only thing worth striving for. So, even being a prostitute whose best friends are either dead or strung out on H, is preferable to giving dinner parties in suburbia--which is how the script frames the issue. I liked the device of talking to the shrink as a way to get to know Bree (rhymes with free, get it?). I loved the dark moody sets. I thought Klute (Donald Sutherland) was creepier than the bad guys--he was protrayed as a huge voyeur--Jane Fonda was perfect as the messed up freedom rider/control freak who wanted to numb herself. Everyone I know who saw it when it came out said they loved it...I wonder if they would love it still?
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