Taglines: Lots of guys swing with a call girl like Bree. One guy just wants to kill her.
Six months after the disappearance of Tuscarora, PA businessman Tom Gruneman, his boss, Peter Cable, and his wife, Holly Gruneman, hire Tom’s best friend, private detective John Klute to find out what happened to Tom, as the police have been unable to do so, and despite John having no expertise in missing persons cases. The only lead is a typewritten obscene letter Tom purportedly sent to Manhattan actress / model / call girl Bree Daniel, who admits to having received such letters from someone, and since having received several obscene telephone calls as well.
The suggestion/belief is that Tom was one of Bree’s past johns, although she has no recollection of him when shown his photograph. Bree tricking is more a compulsion than a financial need. In their initial encounters, John and Bree do whatever they can to exert their psychological dominance over the other, especially as Bree initially refused to even speak to him.
Klute is a 1971 crime-thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula, written by Andy and Dave Lewis, and starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, and Roy Scheider. It tells the story of a high-priced prostitute who assists a detective in solving a missing person’s case.
Klute is the first installment of what informally came to be known as Pakula’s “paranoia trilogy”. The other two films in the trilogy are The Parallax View (1974) and All The President’s Men (1976).
The film includes a cameo appearance by Warhol superstars actress Candy Darling, and another by All in the Family costar Jean Stapleton. The music was composed by Michael Small. Jane Fonda won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film.
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider, Dorothy Tristan, Rita Gam, Nathan George, Vivian Nathan
Screenplay by: Andy Lewis, David E. Lewis
Cinematography by: Gordon Willis
Film Editing by: Carl Lerner
Costume Design by: Ann Roth
Set Decoration by: John Mortensen
Art Direction by: George Jenkins
Music by: Michael Small
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: June 25, 1971