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Klute

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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.

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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.

Cast & Crew

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

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for Klute

  • 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?
    Bathsheba M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2010
    What probably read as a pretty uninteresting story is brought to stunning, sanguine life by Alan J. Pakula. The plot is thin and unsatisfying, and I don't think I'll ever truly get Donald Sutherland's complete disinterest in everything he gets cast in, but the center of the film is rightly Jane Fonda's high-class hooker Bree. Watching her move through this bizarrely cryptic, sinister world is captivating; she digs her talons into the psychology of this angry, intelligent woman and doesn't let go. It is a full, consummate performance, fabulous and yet oddly underseen work. She is clearly the center of Pakula's aesthetic; I found his mise-en-scene to be something of a representation of Bree herself, enigmatic and obscured but in some ways very forthcoming. The gruesome parts are easy to see, but everything else feels hidden away. If you're looking for a subtly stylish, quiet thriller with one instance of excellent character work, Klute will fit the bill. It isn't perfect, lacking dramatic impact and not fully scaffolded by all involved, but its visual clout is clear.
    Drew S Super Reviewer

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