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Klute Reviews

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January 20, 2019
The first part of his "paranoia trilogy," Alan J. Pakula's 1971 thriller details the troubled life of a Manhattan prostitute stalked by one of her tricks. ne of the most important and influential movies of the early 1970s.
½ December 16, 2018
very gritty and real.
December 1, 2018
I rented it because Jane Fonda had a good word for it. True, she does good and so are the others actors. All look very real and it is quite a time capsule. The story is going at length and not moving forward much in the middle but I suppose this is quite realistic as well in an investigation. The ending has a good twist. The psychology of the characters seems to hold on and the whole is solid.
November 22, 2018
8.2/10. 11-20-2018

Original rating: 2-20-2013 (7/10)
Super Reviewer
½ November 11, 2018
The romance is a little unconvincing, but I like that the mystery/thriller stuff comes to a pretty believable conclusion. This is the perfect role for Fonda, allowing her to be both tough and vulnerable.
½ July 14, 2018
Fine sets and lightning, acting from Fonda and Sutherland, and music to create atmosphere of paranoia.
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.
½ July 4, 2018
Slow and boring. A few smart points in a bloated story. Jane Fonda is fine, but just. There is no "wow!" here. It all seems like fun ideas that didn't actually amount to much.
April 28, 2018
A great time capsule of the 70's. Never grows old. The hair styles, clothes, music, etc. all blend together, inside the sublime acting///editing.
February 19, 2018
"Klute" refers to the detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) agreeing to go on his own to find his friend, Tom Gruneman (Robert Milli) who's been missing for a half a year, and apparently, a call girl, Bree( Jane Fonda) was supposed to have been the last suspected person to been seen with him
February 17, 2018
A classic well made thriller. 1001 movies to see before you die.
February 10, 2018
A great psychological drama, a great thriller, a great love story, two magnetic leads and one bravura performance, all in a package that plays well almost fifty years after it was made - what else cold you want?
January 8, 2018
What a horrible thing to be scrutinized the way th women did at the beginning line-up scene. So cool how they filmed Jane Fonda's reaction when they were complimenting the other girl beside her. Jane Fonda fucking kills it in this movie. She's so cool smoking that joint, drinking wine, with all the lights off and just candles.

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.
½ November 27, 2017
Klute might remind you of an Argento film, with its wide interior shots and jazzy soundtrack, but it really is nothing special, unless you count a brilliant climax where Jane Fonda breaks down, one of the most terrifying revelations in cinema.
August 8, 2017
Top-notch paranoid thriller in the truly Hitchcockian mold, anchored by an earth-shaking performance from Jane Fonda.
July 10, 2017
With two great leads, a thoroughly engrossing and tense plot, a solid score, plenty of visual style and a decent supporting cast this may not have the best script (though it does have its moments) or the best pacing but it is an early seventies gem.
April 23, 2017
Well made but too boring
½ March 31, 2017
Fonda's best performance? Probably. She truly gives everything as Bree. The movie itself makes it difficult for you to take your eyes off screen. And that score! That score adds so much more terror to the film.
½ August 7, 2016
Justly famous dark mystery

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.
June 13, 2016
Klute, a private investigator, investigates a prostitute who is being stalked by a john in this classic thriller. Sutherland stars as the title character in what is his most memorable performance of his career.
½ June 9, 2016
Jane Fonda's magnetic performance and Alan Pakula's grip for suspense overcomes occasional clichés.
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