This justly famous film by Alan Pakula (The Parallax View, Sophie's Choice, All the President's men) ostensibly starring a very young Donald Sutherland as a small town cop turned private investigator who searches for a missing friend in big bad NYC would have qualified as a well-made but standard hard-boiled mystery if it were not for the stellar performance of Jane Fonda as the call girl whose help he enlists for his search, which lifts it into the category of a classic: rarely in film has a performance let us know a character so thoroughly. Advisory: drug use and language, scary but not too graphic violence, sex rather restrained by current standards. The Warner Home Video standard DVD is of good quality, but this film really should be remastered and put on Blu-Ray.
And Roy Scheider as a pimp. Chief Brody as a pimp. Need I say more? 3 1/2-outta-4 hair-dos
A private detective from a small town follows a lead to the city. His investigation leads him to a prostitute in the middle of a giant prostitution network. She can have over 400 clients a year. The detective believes a violent client of hers may be tied to his case. The detective and prostitutes relationship becomes complex and so does the case.
"Are you upset because you didn't make me cum? I never cum on the job."
Alan Pakula, director of All the President's Men, The Pelican Brief, Presumed Innocent, Sophie's Choice, Orphan's, Rollover, and Consenting Adults, delivers Klute. The storyline for this picture is just okay and unfolds in a predictable manner. There are some unique references and good writing, but the plot is just okay. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Donald Sutherland, Jane Fonda, Roy Schneider, Dorothy Tristan, and Charles Cioffi.
"Let it all hang out. Do it all. Fuck it."
I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to give it a shot. The movie has some fascinating elements that are well done. The acting is also very good which is why this received an above average score. The plot is predictable but fairly well executed.
"I wish I didn't keep wanting to destroy it."
Klute is the first installment of what informally came to be known as Pakula's "paranoia trilogy". The other two films in the trilogy are The Parallax View (1974) and All The President's Men (1976).
The film includes a cameo appearance by Warhol superstars actress Candy Darling, and another by All in the Family costar Jean Stapleton. The music was composed by Michael Small.
Jane Fonda won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.
Klute received generally positive reviews from film critics. It currently holds a 96% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews with an average rating of 8.1/10.
Jane Fonda received worldwide recognition based on her performance. "[Fonda] makes all the right choices, from the mechanics of her walk and her voice inflection to the penetration of the girl's raging psyche. It is a rare performance.". She won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the film was nominated for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced. Fonda also received awards for her performance from the New York Film Critics Circle, Kansas City Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.
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