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3.7
944 Ratings

Klute

Directed by Alan J. Pakula
United States, 1971
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

A small-town detective searching for a missing man has only one lead: a connection with a New York prostitute.

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Klute Directed by Alan J. Pakula

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1972 | Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1972 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced

BAFTA Awards

1972 | Nominee: Best Actress

Writers Guild of America

1972 | Nominee: Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1972 | Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

1972 | Nominee: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Fonda is particularly electric in her role as Daniels, tapping into the physical state of her character in the frame in a way that only a directors actor can. . . . She plays everything fake tough, but the movie is punctuated by scenes with her analyst that are formally little more than medium shot, one takes, but give Fonda the space to flesh out her character’s vulnerability amidst all the chaos of her life.
June 12, 2018
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Fonda is electric in every moment of Klute, but watching her in these scenes with Nathan is like witnessing the sparks of a Tesla coil. Operating on alternating currents, Bree is a dynamic study in contradictions—an imperfect yet indelible symbol of second-wave feminism, the cresting of which nearly coincides with Klute’s release.
June 01, 2018
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A movie resolutely of its moment that still surges with third-rail electricity… The dread and unease that suffuse the film — never has the peal of a rotary phone sounded more terrifying — seem rooted partly in anxiety over second-wave feminism, the cresting of which nearly coincided with the release of this movie, one that centers on its heroine’s profound ambivalence about growing emotionally attached to a man (the laconic private investigator of the title, played by Donald Sutherland).
November 24, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Klute

    I had been meaning to watch this for decades! Gorgeous frames, great cinema. The portrayal of a sex worker by Fonda is really sensitive, not exploitative. I only wish that the film had avoided the trap of "saving the prostitute", though it does leave open the possibility that she really doesn't want to be saved and would be just fine (more or less) if not for one psychotic client (&the cops). DECRIMINALIZE SEX WORK !

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Klute

    It's a conspiracy—the paranoid mystery is secretly a hip-vs-square character study. The title character doesn't show much passion, the suspense comes on slow, and the counterculture spaces feel a bit like a Hollywood set. But that's amply compensated by the care shown to Fonda's character arc, the twinkling menace of the music, and the way the game of "who's the *real* sex maniac?" reaches a cathartic killer finale.

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Klute

    Re-watch of a restoration projected at the AFI...hardly perfect but it's *probably* the closest a major American production ever got to a giallo...we call this 'neo-noir' but I don't think that measures up to what the film was aiming for: it's not really about plot or intrigue, but about a certain 'mood' that giallo creates. The score by Michael Small would be right at home in The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Klute

    Directed elegantly & deftly by Alan J. Pakula, Klute benefits from a feminist streak, an unflinching depiction of deviant misogyny from its villain, & a non-judgmental view of sex. With two great performances by its stars, a great script by Andy & Dave Lewis, & innovative cinematography by the legendary DP Gordon Willis, Klute is a finely crafted motion picture made by expert professionals at the top of their game.

  • Jason's rating of the film Klute

    Though a tiresome movie, KLUTE comes pretty close to being full-on Hitchcok stuff w/ its combination of remarkable formal control, absurd suspense nonsense, and warped psychosexual subtexts. No surprise feminist psychoanalytic theorists have written so endlessly about this sleek, gorgeous piece of insane ridiculousness. I have to say that Jane Fonda is pretty amazing here even though I find her so innately unlikable.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Klute

    A filmic manual of the psychologization of suspense, (gazes and long shots punctuated by pauses and ellipses) "Klute" operates as a perceptive critique of modernity's masks, epitomized in the divine fashion design hall, Klute's expressionless face, Bree's steely composure, her therapists' technically neutral locutions. Ingeniously protracting action, Pakula digs deep into the facade of society's masks of normality.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Klute

    Jane Fonda's Oscar-winning-role is the best thing about this film. She's confident yet vulnerable, you want to trust her but you're never sure about how much she really knows about what's going on. If there was any chemistry lacking between the lead couple, it wasn't her fault. The crime mystery itself was a bit dull, but the whole fashion-trashy-party vibe of the 70s mixed with some noir made it kinda nice to watch.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Klute

    Alan J. Pakula's revered 'paranoia trilogy' gets off to an inauspicious start. "Klute" follows two parallel tracts - one is a suspense thriller, the other is a street level expose of a woman who feels a compulsion towards prostitution. Rarely do these storylines seem to dovetail organically, and overall "Klute" feels more like the prototype for the kind of picture Brian de Palma would master in just a few years.

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