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Klute (Widescreen Edition) [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider, Dorothy Tristan
  • Directors: Alan J. Pakula
  • Writers: Andy Lewis, David E. Lewis
  • Producers: Alan J. Pakula, C. Kenneth Deland, David Lange
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: October 13, 1998
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305128391
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Jane Fonda came into her own with this Oscar-winning performance as an insecure high-class call girl who can't make it as a legitimate actress or model yet can't give up her addiction. She loves the control too much. But when she's stalked by a killer, she's forced to confront the darker aspects of her nature and profession. It's a complex and authentic performance and Fonda plays it cool and smart. Typical of early '70s films, Klute peels away social inhibition and hypocrisy with precision and candor. It's also typical of director Alan J. Pakula's intelligence and ability to work so well with actors. Donald Sutherland plays John Klute, the vulnerable detective trying to determine if his missing friend is the stalker and sexual deviant. This is the kind of moody, character-driven film so many of us miss today, even if the plot is pure hokum. --Bill Desowitz

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By DonnaReviews on August 20, 2004
Format: DVD
From the opening frame to the closing shot, "Klute" is a compelling, adult thriller and character study. It seems to get better with every viewing. When Pennsylvania business executive and family man Tom Grunemann goes missing, friend and detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) agrees to take on the case. His only clue is prostitute Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda) in New York who was associated with a prostitute Grunemann had known and who is at the brunt of harassment calls possibly from Grunemann. As Klute watches Bree, the killer is watching. Although Bree is struggling to leave "the life" (aspiring to act), she is simultaneously drawn to the money, autonomy and emotional control it provides. Klute is brought deeper into Bree's world of prostitution, paranoia and drugs and unexpectedly he penetrates her emotional walls.

"Klute" is definitely Jane Fonda's showcase and she is fantastic, netting the Oscar that year against the odds. This may have been her "breakout" role at a time when she was notoriously unpopular because of her involvement in Hanoi, but she has turned in numerous fine performances over the years in films ranging from "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" to "On Golden Pond." As Bree Daniels, she has a complex character who, as she attests, had some college, and who is vulnerable yet acerbic, impenetrable yet exposed. Whether speaking with her therapist, walking jauntily down the street or turning a trick, Bree as embodied by Fonda is fascinating to watch.

Some mention that the "thriller part" is weak because you know the identity of the killer. I would disagree. Knowing the identity of the killer is part of the suspense.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Scott Balikian on September 4, 2002
Format: DVD
Oh come on, any movie where Roy Scheider plays a PIMP is good in my book!
Actually, I tend to rent these older films and then take a couple weeks before I watch them. I was a bit reluctant heading in to Klute, but was hooked from the opening credits. I think I liked the same things that people disliked about it. There is a certain uncomfortable weirdness that permeates through this film, that was not in the least bit accidental. Donald Sutherland plays his part to the hilt! I loved those scenes where he wouldn't say anything at all. I get the impression, that we are so used to a certain style of dective films these days (lots of acrobatics and explosions and shooting) that we fail to appreciate subtle films such as this. I've never been a fan of Jane Fonda. I've really had no impression of her whatsoever. This film, however, really changed that. She was FULLY deserving of her Oscar for this role.
Anyway, I highly recommend this film. Buy it. Now!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By jake whatley on February 17, 2002
Format: DVD
Klute represents the seventies rebirth in films as directors took charge and the studio system diminished. A gritty, psychological exploration into character, form and space, Klute remains one of the best this genre has to offer. Note Pakula's attention and utilization of space and subtext. It also represents one of the finest performances of any actress from that time period. Jane Fonda's untouchable in this film. The levels she develops in this role are amazing. A reviewer questioned the Irish accent she uses while auditioning to play Joan of Arc in a play. In answer to that, Klute was filmed when Irish actress Siobhan MacKenna was receiving praise for her performances (including, yes, one as Joan of Arc onstage utilizing an Irish accent).
This DVD is a solid transfer. I would have bought it in pan and scan just to have it for my collection but thank God it's in letterbox. I would have liked it if the credits had allowed a more complete listing for Jane Fonda & Donald Sutherland's filmography (Alan J. Pakula and others credited don't get filmographies). I also would have loved if this edition had a commentary track. (Pakula is deceased but they still could have gotten Fonda & Sutherland to do a commentary track.) That said, the documentary on the filming (which is really more of a promotional film) was interesting to watch. The trailer offers historical insight. I first saw Klute, many years after it's release, on television. I'd never seen the trailer but often wondered how the studio sold this film to the public. In cookie cutter fashion: an indepth exploration of soul, mood and character gets reduced to a check list of sex, drugs and thrills.
The film remains one of the best to come out of the seventies and a wonderful addition to any DVD collection.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By angel baby on December 5, 2005
Format: DVD
I've watched Klute about 6 to 7 years ago and to this day it is the most memorable film I've ever watched. The film is beautifully shot and the grittiness of 70's New York is amazing. Of course there is the acting and Jane Fonda blows away any contemporary actress today and maybe even tomorrow.

Every scene she is in completely different from the last, the beginning scene where she looks at her watch when with a trick has become a film classic. Also, the scene in the garment factory with Mr. Goldfarb was incredibly hypnotizing and seductive, let's not forget the scenes in her psychiatrist's office, or auditioning for Joan of Arc in a brogue accent. It is beyond comprehension that any of the actresses in the year she won the Academy Award stood a chance in besting her.

Last but not least the soundtrack!!! The song "take it higher" that played when she escaped to the disco looking for her pimp was beyond funkaahhh!! Let's be honest folks they don't make movies like this anymore, totally based on nuance and intelligence.
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