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"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. In this claustrophobic world of shadowy stalkers and anonymity, it's like knowing the bomb is under the table, as Hitchcock once said.Read more ›
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.
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!
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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The movie and performances are terrific. The copy from Amazon is very poor.Published 20 days ago by K. childress
Great 70s film with solid acting, evocative cinematography, and a wonderfully complicated female protagonist. The streaming quality on Amazon is excellent as well.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Incredible performances from Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland. Great movie!!!Published 1 month ago by C. Doucette
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... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jon Corelis
Very unique and suspenseful psychological thriller. It has held up remarkably well over the years, however the part where the man falls out the window was a little jarring because... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe Cool
Jane Fonda is phenomenal as the lead. Wish the title was Bree and not Klute.Published 1 month ago by Diego
One of many really good NYC based dramas made from the mid 60's to the mid 70's. Shows the gritty side of NYC during that period. My copy was a used one, and is perfectly fine.Published 2 months ago by Paul D
Excellent early work by Donald Sutherland, Jane Fonda was learning to be someone other than Jane Fonda, she does a pretty good job. The directing makes the movie believable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bruce Sannino
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