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Klute (1971)

A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

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Arlyn Page
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Trina
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Trask
Vivian Nathan ...
Psychiatrist
Morris Strassberg ...
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Berger
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Holly Gruneman
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Momma Reese
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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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25 June 1971 (USA)  »

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Inspecteur Klute  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,512,637, 31 December 1971
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Film debut of Veronica Hamel. See more »

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When Klute is driving Bree home, the truck following them changes to a regular car between shots. See more »

Quotes

Bree Daniel: You're not gonna get hung up on me, are you?
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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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A fascinating study leading into the strange world of a complex call-girl…
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"Klute" was a mixture of lone cop and private eye: a police officer who was hired privately to investigate somebody's disappearance… The trail led him deep into the world of New York call-girls, pimps and drug addicts… It was all shown, the vice, the degradation, but with intelligent compassion and honest humanity instead of the leer that so often sits on the face of the Seventies…

Although barely more talkative than "Dirty Harry," "Klute" emerged as a whole human being rather than as a robot programmed to shoot and hit…And as a high class hooker Bree Daniel, Jane Fonda achieved a characterization that has never been surpassed in all the abundant literature of tarts with hearts…

"Klute" was a modern, as honest and unflinching as any fanatic for realism could ask; yet it was never curious about sexuality, never needlessly violent, never brutal… And for complete, entertaining suspense, it was up there with the great ones: an enormous tribute to the producer-director Alan J. Pakula…


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