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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bree Daniels
... John Klute
... Peter Cable
... Frank Ligourin
... Arlyn Page
... Trina
... Trask
Vivian Nathan ... Psychiatrist
Morris Strassberg ... Mr. Goldfarb
Barry Snider ... Berger
Betty Murray ... Holly Gruneman
Jane White ... Janie Dale
... Momma Reese
Robert Milli ... Tom Gruneman
... Actor's Agent
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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 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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Lots of guys swing with a call girl like Bree. One guy just wants to kill her. See more »


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25 June 1971 (USA)  »

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El pasado me condena  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$12,512,637, 31 December 1971
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When Jane Fonda asked her father for advice on what to say for her Oscar acceptance speech, he suggested: "There's a great deal to say, but I'm not going to say it tonight." See more »

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Bree's surname is inconsistent (Daniel or Daniels) throughout the entire movie. The end credits read Daniel. See more »

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Bree Daniel: You know, I already told the police everything I know. I don't even remember the schlub.
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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 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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