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U.S., 1971
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, Roy Scheider
Approx. 114 min. DCP.

Small town detective Donald Sutherland, journeying to NYC to seek a friend’s murderer, finds both were clients of high-priced call girl Jane Fonda – and then things get ominous. Ruthlessly stylized photography by Gordon Willis (MANHATTAN), and a partly-improvised (and Oscar-winning) performance by Jane highlight this glossily Noir thriller.


“Criminally underappreciated!”
– Benedict Cosgrove, Gothamist

“What is it about Jane Fonda that makes her such a fascinating actress to watch? She has a sort of nervous intensity that keeps her so firmly locked into a film character that the character actually seems distracted by things that come up in the movie. You almost have the feeling, a couple of times in KLUTE, that the Fonda character had other plans and was just leaving the room when this (whatever it is) came up.”
– Roger Ebert

“Hinges on the contradictions of autonomy and emotional commitment facing would-be independent women…  For once, a genuinely psychological thriller.”
Time Out

“[Fonda] makes all the right choices, from the mechanics of her walk and her voice inflection to the penetration of the girl’s raging psyche. It is a rare performance.”
– Jay Cocks

“A movie resolutely of its moment that still surges with third-rail electricity. The dread and unease that suffuse the film seem rooted partly in anxiety over second-wave feminism, the cresting of which nearly coincided with the release of this movie, one that centers on its heroine’s profound ambivalence about growing emotionally attached to a man.”
The Village Voice

“One of the strongest woman characters to reach the screen.”
– Pauline Kael

“Challenges the historically male preserve of the private eye story.”
– Forster Hirsch

Film Forum