Director: Alan J. Pakula Cast: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi

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The first part of his "paranoia trilogy," Alan J. Pakula's 1971 thriller details the troubled life of a Manhattan prostitute stalked by one of her tricks. Investigating the disappearance of his friend Tom Gruneman (Robert Milli), rural Pennsylvania private eye John Klute (Donald Sutherland) follows a lead provided by Gruneman's associate Peter Cable (Charles Cioffi) to seek out a call girl who Gruneman knew in New York City. The call girl is Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda), an aspiring actress who turns tricks for the cash and to be free of emotional bondage. Klute follows Bree's every move, observing the city's decadence and her isolation, eventually contacting her about Gruneman. Bree claims not to know Gruneman, but she does reveal that she has received threats from a john. As Bree becomes involved in Klute's search and realizes that she is in danger, she reluctantly falls in love with Klute, despite her wish to remain unattached to any man. When she finally comes face to face with the killer, however, she is forced to reconsider her detached urban life.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2019
UPC: 0715515232418
Original Release: 1971
Rating: R
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 1:54:00
Sales rank: 211

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, supervised by Camera Operator Michael Chapman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New interview with actor Jane Fonda, conducted by actor Illeana Douglas; New program about Klute and Director Alan J. Pakula by filmmaker Matthew Miele, featuring interviews with film scholar Annette Insdorf, filmmaker Steven Soderburgh, and actor Charles Cioffi, along with archival interviews with Pakula; The Look of "Klute, a new interview with Writer Amy Fine Collins; Archival interviews with Pakula and Fonda; "Klute" in New York, a short documentary made during the shooting of the film; Plus: An essay by critic Mark Harris and excerpts from a 1972 interview with Pakula

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jane Fonda Bree Daniels
Donald Sutherland John Klute
Charles Cioffi Cable
Roy Scheider Frank
Dorothy Tristan Arlyn Page
Rita Gam Trina
Rosalind Cash Pat
Jerome Collamore Custodian
Richard Russell Ramos Off-Broadway Stage Manager
Joe Silver Dr. Spangler
Lee Wallace Nate Goldfarb
Tony Major Bill Azure
Morris Strassberg Mr. Goldfarb
Barry Snider Berger
Betty Murray Holly Gruneman
Jane White Janie Dale
Shirley Stoler Momma Rose
Robert Milli Tom Gruneman
Anthony Holland Actor's Agent
Fred Burrell Man in Chicago Hotel
Richard B. Shull Sugarman
Mary Wilson Producer in Adv. Agency
Jean Stapleton Goldfarb's Secretary
Antonia Rey Mrs. Vanek, Landlady
Vivian Nathan Psychiatrist
Nathan George Lt. Trask
Candy Darling Actor

Technical Credits
Alan J. Pakula Director,Producer
Irving Buchman Makeup
William C. Gerrity Asst. Director
George Jenkins Art Director
David Lang Producer
David Lange Co-producer,Producer
Carl Lerner Editor
Andy Lewis Screenwriter
Dave Lewis Screenwriter
John Mortensen Set Decoration/Design
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Small Score Composer
Gordon Willis Cinematographer

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Fonda gives an absolutely brilliant performance for which she quite deservedly won a Best Actress Oscar. In this taut psychological thriller, Fonda plays Bree Daniel, a would-be actress-model who earns her living as a high-class call girl. The story concerns Klute (Donald Sutherland), a small-town policeman who comes to New York in search of a missing friend. He meets Fonda, and begins to fall in love with her. The murder mystery soon takes a back seat to one of the most affecting love stories of the '70s with one of the most memorable music scores provided by the underrated Michael Small. But it's Jane's picture all the way under the sure hand of director Alan J. Pakula. As Bree Daniel, Fonda is vulnerable, self-aware and articulate. Bree's knowledge that as a prostitute she has nowhere to go but down and her mixed-up efforts to escape, made her one of the strongest feminine characters to reach the screen in the '70s. As an actress, Fonda has a special kind of smartness that takes the form of speed she's always a little ahead of everybody, and this quicker beat--this quicker responsiveness--makes her more exciting to watch. This quality works to great advantage in her full scale, definitive portrait of Bree. As in many of her other dramatic roles, Fonda never stands outside her character, she gives herself over to the role, and yet she isn't LOST in it--she's fully in control, and her means are extraordinarily economical. She has somehow got to a plane of acting at which even the closest close-ups never reveals a false thought and, seen on the movie streets a block away, She's Bree, not Jane Fonda, walking toward us. It's hard to remember that this is the same actress who was the wide-eyed, bare-bottomed "Barbarella" or the anxious newlywed in "Barefoot in the Park". There wasn't another dramatic actress in American films at the time who could touch her. [filmfactsman]
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