Klute (1971)

 


 

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Klute (1971)
   
Release Date: 25 June 1971 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Cast:
  • Jane Fonda
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Charles Cioffi
  • Roy Scheider
  • Dorothy Tristan
  • Rita Gam
  • Nathan George
  • Vivian Nathan
  • Morris Strassberg
  • Barry Snider
  • Betty Murray
  • Jane White
  • Shirley Stoler
  • Robert Milli
  • Anthony Holland


33 Responses to Klute (1971)

  1. bill-520
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    Barbra Streisand turned down the role of Bree Daniels, which Jane Fonda eventually played.

    You’ll find that little nugget in the Trivia section, and I would love to know who submitted it and what his or her source is because it does not compute.

    Years and years ago I bought the book “The Films of Jane Fonda” by George Haddad-Garcia and I have been well aware for over a quarter of a century that Jane Fonda was the only actress ever considered for the part.

    The following excerpt is taken straight from the book:

    >In typical method style, Fonda prepared for Klute by speaking with high-class call girls in Manhattan, discussing their work and lifestyles. She didn’t have to do very extensive research, however, for the role was painstakingly written beforehand.

    The whole project was unorthodox, risky, and highly challenging. Director-producer Alan J. Pakula admitted, “It’s a film I would not have done without Jane. I had met her a long time before, but I never really talked in any depth with her until a couple of weeks before I was sent the screenplay …

    But I met Jane, and we talked for several hours about a lot of things – about women in our society, about sexuality in our society. It was just a wonderful, freewheeling discussion. I came out of it thinking, ‘I d love to work with that woman.’ About two weeks later the Klute script was sent to me, and I called her immediately.”

    After she got the script Fonda was unsure about her feelings; one insider said she wasn’t eager to get back to playing ‘easy women’ after her excellent, image-breaking work in Horses. Pakula recalled, “She said, ‘I don’t really know what I feel about it.’ We talked for a half hour; she had an interviewer waiting and she had to get rid of me. She said, ‘Look, do you really want to do it?’ I said yes. She said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it’. Out of such little statements things get made”.<

    Source: “The Films of Jane Fonda” by George Haddad-Garcia (Citadel Press, 1981, ISBN 0-8065-0752-7), pp. 157-158.

    Note: The film title Horses was the popular abbreviation for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?.

  2. rrb
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    Half & half party? Is that just oral sex?

    $50 (in 1971–$265 today) sounds like a lot for a blow job.

  3. J. Spurlin
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    I rated this movie 7/10. What did you rate it? And what do you think of it?

    A private investigator (Donald Sutherland) needs a call girl (Jane Fonda) to help him find a missing person.

    Like The Conversation (1974), this is an uneasy blend of a character study and a thriller: with the latter genre getting shafted, partly thanks to murky plotting. Still, both movies are fascinating and each has a remarkable central performance. Jane Fonda creates a real person.

    … Justin

  4. Calizo
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    …wooden as hell? You could replace him with a 2X4 and wouldn’t know the difference. The movie was good, but his character is very one-dimensional. There are many scenes where you think THIS guy and THAT girl would never have slept together let alone be together in the end?

  5. icecoolsmiles
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    I know a lot of other Jane Fondas of the time were.. Like Barbarella… Is this??

  6. hifisapi
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    I saw this film for the first time yesterday but I didnt get the ending.

    what happened? who was the killer? why did fonda attack klute? sorry I

    guess I was half asleep at the end. I really liked the film. fonda was very good. The film is very dated, but I enjoyed that, things were different in

    the early 70’s and this film proves it.

    JCO

  7. alexxhebert
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    John Sahag was credited with inventing/transforming the ultimate in stylish hairstyles: Check out actress Jennifer Salt’s wicked Shag in Woody Allen’s "PLAY IT AGAIN SAM" 1972, & "SISTERS" 1973 with margot Kidder. Jennifer Salt would fly from L.A. to Sahag’s NYC salon just to have Her shag trimmed & styled!! Another take/offshoot on the Jane Fonda version was Barbara Feldon’ in the 1972 tv movie: "Getting Away From It All" cool!! La Fonda herself sported a longer cersion of Her "KLUTE" haircut in 1972’s "TOUT VA BIEN" with Roger Vadim. I have a Haircutting book written/illustraded/drawn in 1976, by New York City Hairstylist, in which He showcases the "JANE FONDA SHAG"!!

  8. rhinestone_sunglasses
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    she seemed soooo stuffy and even her advice was so lame. Who the hell was that woman? Some old-time hollywood actress? I smirk whenever I hear her say, "What did you think, Bree, I could just wave a magic wand and take away your problems?" Hella lame…Bree was still turnin’ tricks just so she could give the hag a hundred bucks an hour, but I guess the shrink didn’t care about that.

    You tell lies like that, you won’t go to heaven when you die.–The Bad Seed

  9. Eumenides_0
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    This movie came out in 1971 and used the F-word. I’m trying to think of any earlier movie that uses it and can’t remember. Does anyone know any?

    This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.

  10. DeRo64
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    Peter Cable seemed like he was hella paranoid in his final scene. Any why did he have Bree listen to the recording?

    My mother thinks Klute shoved him out the window, but personally I think he got scared when he saw Klute, backed up really fast, and essentially committed accidental suicide.

    "There is no escape, John!"

  11. SamanthaLaneKelly
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    Given Klute’s unavailability on DVD [fingers crossed, though], perhaps other fans of the movie [and its talented score composer, Michael Small, also behind the haunting music of "Marathon Man", "The Parallax View", and other seventies classics etc] might be interested in this . . .

    http://www.hmv.co.uk/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;-1;-1;-1&sku=489832

    Sam x, not ruining her beautiful, beautiful vagina for anyone!!!

  12. marbleindex
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    It has such a powerful, unmistakable mood and feeling that honestly only a movie like Blade Runner replicates. I first watched this film on a VHS, bought it on DVD immediately and have seen it 7 times. Fonda and Sutherland’s performances are masterful and the direction by Pakula is stunning.

    I think the great thing about this movie is that it rises above the somewhat cliched plotline with its wonderful visual style and atmosphere.

  13. MIDDLEMYATT
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    These days, it seems Jane Fonda doesn’t get the credit she deserves as an actress. She was simply amazing in Klute. Powerful in the right spots, subtle when necessary, and totally convincing and real. How many actresses working today could’ve pulled off the role of Bree in the film? Am I correct in assuming that, for some, her politics tended to diminish and overshadow her well-deserved accolades as an actress?

  14. chrs458
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    It’s a classic. TCM never shows it. It’s not graphic by any means.

  15. WarpedRecord
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    From Trailers From Hell. You can play with or without Katt Shea’s commentary. I highly recommend both. Katt makes an excellent case for this being more or a character study than an action film:

    http://www.trailersfromhell.com/trailers/469?auto=1

  16. alwaysthehours666
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    I saw the trailer and it sort of scared me..

  17. timvassilopoulos
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    Well,who do you think is the master of political thrillers??I used to think Sidney was,but after this movie…My God,"Klute" was almost flawless!Excellent work!

    THE WORLD IS YOURS

  18. Dalkveron
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    Hi there, since I first saw this movie I fell in love with that song (and Jane Fonda). I’ve been looking for it for years!!!! I wonder if anybody could send it to me via e-mail. I haven’t bought the soundtrack because I’m only looking for that particular song. I hope somebody can help me. Anyway thank you in advance

  19. pentimento37
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    …..or anyone else who may not have already and would like to see two of her greatest performances and films, Klute (71) and Julia (77), these are now posted in all parts on youtube.

    Klute is posted as etulk (1971)

    Julia as Julia (1977)

    Both are unavailable in the UK so this is an oppurtunity to see these great films.

    "Nothing ventured, nothing gained"

  20. rushngal
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    Was it called The Shag? I luv it!

  21. stevenbyczek
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    I only saw this movie once, and it was several years ago. I seem to remember Bree singing a song about telling time. It had the same "melody" some clocks use when a new hour arrives.

    Did this really happen, or am I suffering from "false memory syndrome?"

    Thanks!

    Cheers!

  22. troy-32
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    What was the deal with the screen in the bad guy’s office that slid over shut (maybe he pressed a button from behind his desk) whenever he listened to those dirty talkin’ tapes? What was that about? And was that an of image of astronauts on the moon? I’ve seen the movie many times, but I never noticed it before.

  23. manraker
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    What happens to Bree’s cat? I wonder if it was supposed to be killed when the apartment is ransacked, but it was taken out? You see neither hair nor hide of it from then on. Any ideas?

    "It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information." Oscar Wilde

  24. Anonymous
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  25. rrb
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    After the early scene when she tricks with the Chicago guy in his hotel, there are shots of her walking home. I can’t tell what part of Manhattan it’s in. Chelsea? Any ideas, anyone?

  26. jenjen21
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    I love the song played when Jane’s character goes to the club and get’s high. Part of the lyrics are "Take me high/Take me higher" I know the soundtrack composer is Michael Small and "various artists" but I can’t find the artist of this song. It is listed as "Bree’s Abandon/Take It Higher" on the soundtrack and apparently the beat has been sampled recently on newer songs.

    Anybody know who sings it? It sounds like a female voice to me…

    Many thanks.

    "I’m the nicest goddamn dame that ever lived" – Bette Davis

  27. cquirk
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    ROY SCHEIDER’S FINAL FILM “IRON CROSS” – TRAILER & UPDATE MAY 2009

    Calibra Pictures is pleased to announce the release of the trailer for Roy Scheider’s last film “Iron Cross”.

    The revenge thriller, written and directed by Joshua Newton, will be previewed towards the end of the year in Los Angeles, following our Roy Scheider Film Week, dates and location tbc.

    The trailer can be downloaded securely from the following yousendit.com link:

    http://rcpt.yousendit.com/674374016/2c8d2c044adbfe73d4293fc995eca0cb

    We’d be delighted to receive your comments.

    Yours truly

    The Iron Cross Team

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  28. ExGreenBeret
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    I’m sure most will disagree, but I just saw Klute again for the first time in about 25 years, and it seemed really dated to me.

    I also thought Jane Fonda was miscast as Bree. She was just not believable as a prostitute. Donald Sutherland was great as usual.

    Just my opinion.

    Boom, outta here!

  29. Brain_Salad
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    I see it’s rated ’18’ in the UK but the BBFC don’t say why. What’s in it that’s ’18’ worthy?

  30. howardhdalton
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    It’s just before they come back to apartment to discover it’s been

    ransacked – there’s a music interlude with Klute buying fruit, Klute

    catching her stealing fruit – she leaps from the curb (or

    something)into the frame and twitches her head like she’s developed a

    palsy, then she’s right back into character. Check out the VHS version

    for this VERY ODD bit of blocking.

  31. Swill_Merchant
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  32. zeu69
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    Can anyone tell me the name of the piece of music used in the scene where Jane Fonda walks slowly down the long corridor of the textile factory? i think the main instrument is a mandolin…thanks

  33. EHnews
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    "February 10, is the 1-year anniversary of Roy Scheider’s death and while Hollywood is still mourning the loss of a great actor,- we’re pleased to announce that there will be a big event held in his honor on April 4th in Los Angeles with all of his celebrity friends, "A Celebration of Roy Scheider." In addition, he also has a film coming out posthumously that will be completed this summer called "Iron Cross" – they’re going to preview the trailer of his film at the event. The event will then be followed by a series of screenings throughout the month of April of Roy’s most famous films."

    from: http://www.entertainmenthollywood.net/

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