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Klute (1971)

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

Director:

Alan J. Pakula

Writers:

Andy Lewis, David E. Lewis (as Dave Lewis)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Bree Daniels
Donald Sutherland ... John Klute
Charles Cioffi ... Peter Cable
Roy Scheider ... Frank Ligourin
Dorothy Tristan ... Arlyn Page
Rita Gam ... Trina
Nathan George ... Trask
Vivian Nathan Vivian Nathan ... Psychiatrist
Morris Strassberg Morris Strassberg ... Mr. Goldfarb
Barry Snider Barry Snider ... Berger
Betty Murray Betty Murray ... Holly Gruneman
Jane White ... Janie Dale
Shirley Stoler ... Momma Reese
Robert Milli Robert Milli ... Tom Gruneman
Anthony Holland ... Actor's Agent
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Storyline

Six months after the disappearance of Tuscarora, PA businessman Tom Gruneman, his boss, Peter Cable, and his wife, Holly Gruneman, hire Tom's 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 wrote to Manhattan actress/model/call girl Bree Daniel, who admits to having received such letters from someone, and since having received several mysterious 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's tricking is both a compulsion and 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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You'd never take her for a call girl. You'd never take him for a cop. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pasado me condena See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,512,637, 31 December 1971
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The first of two best actress Oscars for superstar Jane Fonda. 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

Bree Daniel: What's your bag, Klute? What do you like? Are you a talker? A button freak? Maybe you like to get your chest walked around with high heeled shoes. Or make 'em watch you tinkle. Or maybe you get off wearing women's clothes. Goddamned hypocrite squares!
John Klute: Okay...
Bree Daniels: I hope this doesn't make my cold any worse.
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Alternate Versions

Some network TV versions omit six minutes' worth of footage, including a scene where Klute (Donald Sutherland) finds the clue that leads him to the murderer. See more »

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Referenced in George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

We Gather Together
(uncredited)
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…
21 April 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

"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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