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Klute (1971)

A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute. (R, 114 min.)


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

7:00 PM

Jane Fonda took home the Academy Award for her haunting portrayal of a high-priced call girl being stalked by a psychopath. Donald Sutherland co-stars as the reluctant private eye who arrives in New York in his search for a missing suburban husband, but ends up protecting this prostitute whose path he's crossed.
Master filmmaker Alan J. Pakula (All the President's Men, Sophie's Choice, Presumed Innocent) directed this romantic detective-thriller/character study and the screenplay received an Academy Award nomination."
"I love inhibitions because they're so nice to get rid of," New York call girl Bree Daniels says. Her ordered life will soon veer wildly out of control. The man hearing her taped voice has gone far beyond inhibitions. He's a killer. As detective John Klute, Sutherland gives a cool performance devoid of screen sleuth cliches. And Fonda makes Bree a shattering tour-de-force. [Warner Bros]

Starring: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Genre(s): Crime, Drama, Thriller

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"A genuinely psychological thriller."

— Paul Taylor, Time Out

"Highly original and distinctly unsettling."

— David Wood, BBC

"Pakula’s seminal detective thriller, which is truly a piercing examination of loneliness."

— Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

"Fonda (who received an Oscar) and Sutherland are at the top of their game in this mystery/thriller that also provides a fascinating look into the mind and soul of a top NYC call girl."

— Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

"Jane Fonda gives what remains the best performance of her career as a confident, self-aware call girl in a riveting thriller by a master of paranoid conspiracy cinema that explores feminism and the darker side of inner-city life."

— Philip French, The Observer (UK)

"Nearly 50 years since it premiered, Klute still offers relevant feminist considerations about what it means to want to be an object of desire while also lashing out against the people and the patriarchal system that only values you as such."

— Beatrice Loayza, The A.V. Club