Original rating: 2-20-2013 (7/10)
Original rating: 4
This is a characteristic feature of the 70's: rich on atmosphere, paranoid, psychologically disturbing, having all types of low-life and confused characters. And all this is bound up by a well-crafted direction, beautiful pairing of Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, soft and dark cinematography, and mystic music that slowly fires up the paranoia of what is happening.
That scene where the phone's ringing and she's just static not even moving in her bed, kind of gave me chills and was pretty spooky. I can't imagine how uneasy it would be if I was living alone and someone was playing games with me. She licked the spoon with the cat food...
The music is great, adding a a creepy and unnerving atmosphere that compliments the scenes. It's crazy to see how dependent drug addicts are. They'll go as far as to sell their things like radios and eventually themselves. The way Klute cares for Bree is very endearing. For a woman to go from feeling paranoid and nervous to all of a sudden feeling like she's being cared for must feel awesome.
I get a bad feeling from that guy in the suit that Klute is working for. He seems like he might be in on it all. The camera work during the seamstress factory was brilliant. Creating such tension and uneasiness along with the creepy soundtrack with the girl lullabying.
Overall, pretty terrific movie. Seeing Jane Fonda so young and her acting chops was a sight to see. She also looked great, especially with the clothes she wore, outta sight. She rocked it. And it's always a pleasure seeing Donald Sutherland. In the end, it's ridiculous the lengths businessmen or people in high status will go just to make sure their lives don't get fucked up.
This justly famous film by Alan Pakula (The Parallax View, Sophie's Choice, All the President's men) ostensibly starring a very young Donald Sutherland as a small town cop turned private investigator who searches for a missing friend in big bad NYC would have qualified as a well-made but standard hard-boiled mystery if it were not for the stellar performance of Jane Fonda as the call girl whose help he enlists for his search, which lifts it into the category of a classic: rarely in film has a performance let us know a character so thoroughly. Advisory: drug use and language, scary but not too graphic violence, sex rather restrained by current standards. The Warner Home Video standard DVD is of good quality, but this film really should be remastered and put on Blu-Ray.