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Klute is a 1971 American neo-noir crime-thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula and written by Andy and Dave Lewis. It is starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, and Roy Scheider.


A New York City call girl who becomes enmeshed in an investigation into the disappearance of a business executive. Detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) is hired to follow Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda), and eventually begins a romance with her, but it appears that he hasn't been the only person on her trail. When it becomes clear that Daniel is being targeted, it's up to her and Klute to figure out who is after her before it's too late.


  • Jane Fonda as Bree Daniels
  • Donald Sutherland as John Klute
  • Charles Cioffi as Peter Cable
  • Roy Scheider as Frank Ligourin
  • Dorothy Tristan as Arlyn Page
  • Rita Gam as Trina
  • Nathan George as Trask
  • Vivian Nathan as Psychiatrist
  • Morris Strassberg as Mr. Goldfarb
  • Barry Snider as Berger
  • Betty Murray as Holly Gruneman
  • Jane White as Janie Dale
  • Shirley Stoler as Momma Reese
  • Robert Milli as Tom Gruneman
  • Anthony Holland as Actor's Agent
  • Fred Burrell as Man in Hotel
  • Richard Shull as Sugarman
  • Mary Louise Wilson as Producer in Adv. Agency
  • Marc Marvin as Asst. in Adv. Agency
  • Jean Stapleton as Goldfarb's Secretary
  • Jan Fielding as Psychiatrist's Secretary
  • Antonia Ray as Mrs. Vasek
  • Robert Ronan as Director in Little Theatre
  • Richard Ramos as Asst. Dir. in Little Theatre
  • Rosalind Cash as Pat
  • Lee Wallace as Nate Goldfarb (uncredited)
  • Veronica Hamel as Model (uncredited)
  • Kevin Dobson as Man at Bar (uncredited)
  • Candy Darling as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Richard Jordan as Man in Bar kissing Bree Daniels (uncredited)
  • Sylvester Stallone as Club Patron (uncredited)


Critical response

The film received wide critical acclaim on its release with major appreciation drawn towards the screenplay and Jane Fonda's performance. It currently holds a 97% approval rating on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 28 reviews with an average rating of 8.1/10. Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times gave Klute 3.5 stars out of a possible 4, writing that while the thriller elements were poorly executed the performances of Sutherland and especially Fonda carried the film.