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Klute (1971)

 -  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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Vivian Nathan ...
Psychiatrist
Morris Strassberg ...
Mr. Goldfarb
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Berger
Betty Murray ...
Holly Gruneman
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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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One man is missing. Two girls lie dead. ...and someone breathing on the other end of the phone. [USA Theatrical] See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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Trivia

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). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Frank Ligourin: I was just finishing up some work here. I used to be a photographer, you know... before I got into publishing.
Bree Daniels: He knows you're a pimp, Frankie. He knows you were my pimp.
Frank Ligourin: [annoyed] Excuse me... Bree, would you mind waiting outside?
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Frank Ligourin: [to Klute] I always respected Bree. I want to make something clear: you know, I don't go to a woman. A woman comes to me. *Her* choice.
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We Gather Together
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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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