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Klute
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Produced by Alan J. Pakula
Written by Andy Lewis
Dave Lewis
Starring Jane Fonda
Donald Sutherland
Charles Cioffi
Roy Scheider
Music by Michael Small
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) June 25, 1971 (USA)
Running time 114 min.
Language English
Budget USD$8,000,000
IMDb profile

Klute is a 1971 film which tells the story of a prostitute who assists a detective in solving a mystery. It stars Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Dorothy Tristan, Vivian Nathan, and Roy Scheider. The movie was written by Andy Lewis and Dave Lewis and directed by Alan J. Pakula. The film includes a cameo appearance by the famed Warhol Superstar actress Candy Darling in the Disco scene. Image File history File links Klute DVD cover Source: Amazon. ... Alan Jay Pakula (April 7, 1928 - November 19, 1998) was an American film producer, writer and director noted for his contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre. ... Alan Jay Pakula (April 7, 1928 - November 19, 1998) was an American film producer, writer and director noted for his contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. ... For other persons named Donald Sutherland, see Donald Sutherland (disambiguation). ... Charles Cioffi (also credited as Charles M. Cioffi) is an American television actor. ... Roy Richard Scheider (born November 10, 1932) is an American actor. ... Michael Small (May 30, 1939 – November 24, 2003) was an American film score composer best known for his scores to thriller movies such as The Parallax View, Marathon Man, and The Star Chamber. ... Warner Bros. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory[1], the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. ... For other persons named Donald Sutherland, see Donald Sutherland (disambiguation). ... Charles Cioffi (also credited as Charles M. Cioffi) is an American television actor. ... Roy Richard Scheider (born November 10, 1932) is an American actor. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Alan Jay Pakula (April 7, 1928 - November 19, 1998) was an American film producer, writer and director noted for his contributions to the conspiracy thriller genre. ... Candy Darling Candy Darling (November 24, 1944 - March 21, 1974) was a pre-op transsexual Warhol superstar who starred in Andy Warhols films Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971). ...


Tagline: Lots of guys swing with a call girl like Bree. One guy just wants to kill her.

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Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The film begins with the disappearance of a Pennsylvania corporate executive named Tom Gruneman (briefly seen in the opening sequence), whose family hires a friend, police officer John Klute (Sutherland) to act as a private investigator and to look for him. A typewritten, obscene letter found in Gruneman's desk leads Klute to his only lead, Bree Daniels (Fonda), a call girl living in New York City to whom the letter was addressed. A private investigator, private detective, PI, or private eye, is a person who undertakes investigations, usually for a private citizen or some other entity not involved with a government or police organization. ... A call girl is a prostitute who is not visible to the general public, like a street walker, and who does not usually belong to an institution like a brothel. ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676 Government  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area...

Jane Fonda as Bree Daniels
Jane Fonda as Bree Daniels

The relatively provincial Klute becomes drawn into Bree's seedy world, discovers that several of Bree's fellow call girls have been murdered by a homicidal "john", and that she herself was nearly killed by the same man—presumably Gruneman. After an uneasy start, the two work together to track down the killer. Image File history File links Klute3. ... Image File history File links Klute3. ... Jane Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model, and fitness guru. ... A john (U.S.) or a punter (U.K.) is a male client of a prostitute, particularly in the case of street prostitution. ...


Along the way, Klute, the small-town cop, and Bree, the cynical city-slicker, develop an unlikely romance as he becomes protective of her and offers her a kind of genuine affection to which she is completely unaccustomed.


Awards

It won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jane Fonda), and was nominated for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses, working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...


Trivia

  • According to her autobiography, Jane Fonda hung out with call girls and pimps for a week before beginning this film in order to prepare for her role. When none of the pimps offered to "represent" her, she became convinced she wasn't desirable enough to play a prostitute and urged the director to replace her with her friend Faye Dunaway.
  • Barbra Streisand turned down the role of Bree Daniels, which then won Fonda the Academy Award.
  • In an episode of American Dad! originally aired on December 17, 2006, Stan Smith is transported to 1970 in a parody of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Stan proceeds to seek out Jane Fonda in order to kill her and prevent liberal values from eventually ruining American culture. He finds Fonda on the set of Klute and discovers that it was Donald Sutherland who convinced her to become involved in politics.
  • Sylvester Stallone who was unknown at the time appears as an extra in the club scene. He can be spotted wearing a striped red blazer, funky-time hat and suglasses.

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See also

The conspiracy thriller (or paranoid thriller) is a subgenre of the thriller which flourished in the 1970s in the US (and was echoed in other parts of the world) in the wake of a number of high-profile scandals and controversies (most notably Vietnam, the assassination of President Kennedy, Chappaquiddick...

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Klute is a great example of the 1970's American detective thriller.
With her smart mouth and love-'em-and-leave-'em attitude, the character of Bree was deemed the epitome of the thoroughly modern woman (that is independent and feminist), a moniker no doubt loaned extra weight by the newly reincarnated, braless, post-Vadim Fonda resplendent in her 'Hanoi Jane' coiffure.
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Klute has no experience in the private eye business, so you immediately know that he'll crack the case that the FBI has been working round the clock on for the past year.
After Klute confronts her with the audio tape that he's secretly made of the whole affair, she defends herself and her audience by saying that he's old man and never lays a hand on her, he just wants to listen to her and watch her slink around.
Klute has so little dialogue that he's a virtual cipher and at first I was writing it off as a woefully underdeveloped character until I realized that he's merely the antithesis of Bree.
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