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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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Bree Daniels
John Klute
Peter Cable
Frank Ligourin (as Roy R. Scheider)
Arlyn Page
Trina Gruneman
Vivian Nathan ...
Morris Strassberg ...
Mr. Goldfarb
Barry Snider ...
Betty Murray ...
Holly Gruneman
Janie Dale
Momma Reese
Robert Milli ...
Tom Gruneman
Actor's Agent
Fred Burrell ...
Man in Hotel
Sugarman (as Richard Shull)
Producer in Adv. Agency
Marc Malvin ...
Asst. Prod. in Adv. Agency
Goldfarb's Secretary
Jan Fielding ...
Psychiatrist's Secretary
Mrs. Vasek
Robert Ronan ...
Director in Little Theatre
Richard Russell Ramos ...
Asst. Dir. in Little Theatre (as Richard Ramos)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerome Collamore ...
Custodian (uncredited)
Discothèque Patron (uncredited)
Man at Bar (uncredited)
Model (uncredited)
Man kissing Jane Fonda in night club (uncredited)
Margaret Linn ...
Evie (uncredited)
Tony Major ...
Bill Azure (uncredited)
Discothèque Patron (uncredited)
Dr. Spangler (uncredited)
Ellen Stretton ...
Woman at Bar (uncredited)
Nate Goldfarb (uncredited)

Directed by

Alan J. Pakula

Written by

Andy Lewis ... (written by) and
David E. Lewis ... (written by) (as Dave Lewis)

Produced by

C. Kenneth Deland ... executive associate producer
David Lange ... co-producer
Alan J. Pakula ... producer

Music by

Michael Small

Cinematography by

Gordon Willis ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Carl Lerner

Editorial Department

Irene Bowers ... assistant film editor
Angelo Corrao ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Alixe Gordin

Art Direction by

George Jenkins

Set Decoration by

John Mortensen

Costume Design by

Ann Roth ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

Irving Buchman ... makeup artist (as Irving Buckman)
Bob Grimaldi ... hairdresser
Paul McGregor ... hair styles by: Miss Fonda's (as Paul Macgregor)

Production Management

Ed Fay ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

William C. Gerrity ... assistant director (as William Gerrity)
Dwight Williams ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
John Jay Moore ... assistant art director (uncredited)

Sound Department

Christopher Newman ... sound (as Chris Newman)

Camera and Electrical Department

Michael Chapman ... camera operator
Sherman Kunkel ... camera operator (uncredited)
Gary Muller ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

Michael Small ... conductor
Harry Bluestone ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dennis Budimir ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Conte Candoli ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Victor Feldman ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Michael Melvoin ... co-conductor (uncredited)
Larry Muhoberac ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Tom Scott ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Bud Shank ... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Jack Sheldon ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Louie Shelton ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Michael Small ... music arranger (uncredited)
Sally Stevens ... vocalist (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Barbra Bjorkman ... script supervisor

Other crew

Guy Bourdin ... Alexandra Head by
Arthur Eckstein ... title sequences
Mary Hughes ... production assistant
Mary Cross ... double (uncredited)
Ralph S. Singleton ... production assistant (uncredited)
Bill Stern ... publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 relationship based on emotional need, but it is a relationship Bree tries to sabotage because of those same issues which causes her to turn tricks. As they follow the leads through Bree's call girl world, they know they're getting close to finding the truth when someone continues to torment Bree. They believe the key to Tom's disappearance is a violent john who tried to kill her a few years earlier when Tom disappeared but who she doesn't remember. The questions become whether John and Bree can discover his identity and stop him before he tries to kill Bree again, and whether there is a future for them together. Written by Huggo

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Una squillo per l'ispettore Klute (Italy)
  • Клют (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Klute - rikosetsivä (Finland)
  • Klute, O Passado Condena (Brazil)
  • Клут (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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  • 114 min
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Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia 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 »
Goofs When Donald Sutherland writes notes on the legal pad about who the killer might be, it is not his hand but a double who has veinless, pudgy, black haired hands. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #2.1 (1972). See more »
Soundtracks We Gather Together See more »
Quotes Bree Daniel: Don't feel bad about losing your virtue. I sort of knew you would. Everybody always does.
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