Klute (1971)

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

Original Title : Klute
Director : Alan J. Pakula
Writer : Andy Lewis
Dave Lewis
Genre : Crime
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : C. Kenneth Deland , C. Kenneth Deland , David Lange , Alan J. Pakula
Music : Michael Small
Photography : Gordon Willis
Distributor : Warner Bros. [us]
IMDB ID : 0067309
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Klute (1971) - Alan J. Pakula


ÂJane Fonda Bree Daniel
ÂDonald Sutherland John Klute
ÂDonald Sutherland John Klute


John Klute's friend has totally disappeared. The only clue a connection with a call girl, Bree Daniels. Klute taps her phone in order to gain evidence against her to blackmail her into helping him find his friend. While Klute searches, someone is stalking Bree. After a businessman disappears the FBI draw a blank except for some unpleasant letters he wrote to a call-girl. His small-town friend John Klute travels to the big city to seek her out. At first their relationship is wary, and she sees him as just another guy to manipulate. But someone may already be stalking her, and as Klute's activities add to the danger a bond of sorts starts to grow.


Keeps trying, but never makes it. I've never liked Alan Pakula movies, never, not even one. The best I can offer is indifference to titles like "Presumed Innocent" and "All the President's Men" two of the absolute BIGGEST books, turned into ordinary films. For my money he's a director that starts with a 'sure thing' book or script, then by the time he's done it is something less. Often times dramatically so. Klute is a movie that in time and tone is similar to Coppola's 'The Conversation' but where "The Conversation" tends to be mysterious, subversive, this film is vacant. It simply lacks the invention and backbone. Jane Fonda's Academy Award performance in this movie, is probably the best of her career, but although informative, is, like many of her performances, emotionless. Donald Sutherland's job is merely to stand in the center, while Fonda dances around him, and he does that well enough. This attempt at apsychological thriller is mindless.
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