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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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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 (as Roy R. Scheider)
Dorothy Tristan ... Arlyn Page
Rita Gam ... Trina Gruneman
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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Klute See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,050
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Charles Cioffi along with Shaft (1971), and in fact both films were released on closer dates (but Klute beat the other film for just two days). Both were released on June 1971. See more »

Goofs

When Bree has drinks with one of her clients in his hotel, there is much clinking of ice on soundtrack but no ice in drinks. 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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Soundtracks

We Gather Together
(uncredited)
Written by Adrianus Valerius
Lyrics by Theodore Baker
Sung by Jane Fonda
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Good-as-Gold Hooker Story
28 April 2005 | by garyandsuepqSee all my reviews

I can't believe that only one user has had a comment on this film after almost 34 years. I remember seeing this film as a undergraduate in 1971. As far as anything goes in 1971, this was as erotic as a film got in that year without garnering an "X" rating. God, life was simpler then. I just watched this film for the first time since 1971 (34 years ago) and every ounce of suspense was still there. Donald Southerland was new to film then and had not yet earned his reputation as the consummate character actor. Jane Fonda had not yet earned the epithet of "Hanoi Jane". And Jean Stapleton was not yet known as "Edit". Although this film seems a little dated as far as acting styles go. The "creep" factor is still there. Anyone who has viewed a few episodes of "Law and Order" will see the obvious villain in the first 30 minutes of this film but will also appreciate the strenuous character development that is evident in the film. Although it is obvious fairly early on who the bad guy is, it's interesting to see the expository effort that is expended in order to flesh out the characters. I am so glad that most of the actors involved in this endeavor went on to greater glory. I thank DARPA for the internet for my ability to inflict my opinions on more than a "small circle of friends".


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