Klute (1971)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  25 June 1971 (USA)
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A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Cioffi ...
Rita Gam ...
Nathan George ...
Vivian Nathan ...
Morris Strassberg ...
Mr. Goldfarb
Barry Snider ...
Betty Murray ...
Holly Gruneman
Jane White ...
Janie Dale
Shirley Stoler ...
Momma Reese
Robert Milli ...
Tom Gruneman
Anthony Holland ...
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Six months after the disappearance of Tuscarora, PA businessman Tom Gruneman, his boss, Peter Cable, and his wife, Holly Gruneman, hire Tom's best friend, private detective John Klute to find out what happened to Tom, as the police have been unable to do so, and despite John having no expertise in missing persons cases. The only lead is a typewritten obscene letter Tom purportedly sent to Manhattan actress/model/call girl Bree Daniel, who admits to having received such letters from someone, and since having received several obscene telephone calls as well. The suggestion/belief is that Tom was one of Bree's past johns, although she has no recollection of him when shown his photograph. Bree tricking is more a compulsion than a financial need. In their initial encounters, John and Bree do whatever they can to exert their psychological dominance over the other, especially as Bree initially refused to even speak to him. Despite their less than friendly start, they embark on a personal ... Written by Huggo

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


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Release Date:

25 June 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Inspecteur Klute  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Jane Fonda's Best Actress Oscar acceptance speech for this movie was one of the shortest in movie history: "Thank you...thank you very much members of the Academy and thank all of you who applauded. There's a great deal to say and I'm not going to say it tonight, I would just like to really thank you very much." See more »


The amount of tape in the take up reel of Klute's tape recorder when he stops it and rewinds while talking on the phone with Trask. See more »


Bree Daniel: [at a payphone] Hey Trina, Bree. Listen, I could use a quick fifty. You got a commuter for me?
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We Gather Together
Written by Adrianus Valerius
Lyrics by Theodore Baker
Sung by Jane Fonda
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Artless and surprisingly delicate
29 June 2000 | by (california) – See all my reviews

Despite the rough-edges reputation of Pakula, he always manages to give us some beautifully shot, almost fragile images. Like Fonda pondering an envelope full of money and a blank invoice while surrounded by clothing-store dummies; or Sutherland choosing apricots by feel; or even Roy Scheider's silent acknowledgement that he is being used. And Fonda's artless performance is so unbelieveable, I couldn't believe it was her.

Terrifically acted - everyone takes just the right tone. My only quibble about the movie is how the mystery is solved. It's much too abrupt given the meandering pace of the rest of the movie. But the plot means nothing in this surprisingly delicate character study.

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