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The first part of his "paranoia trilogy," Alan J. Pakula's 1971 thriller details the troubled life of a Manhattan prostitute stalked by one of her tricks. Investigating the disappearance of his friend Tom Gruneman (Robert Milli), rural Pennsylvania private eye John Klute (Donald Sutherland) follows a lead provided by Gruneman's associate Peter Cable (Charles Cioffi) to seek out a call girl who Gruneman knew in New York City. The call girl is Bree Daniels (Jane Fonda), an aspiring actress who turns tricks for the cash and to be free of emotional bondage. Klute follows Bree's every move, observing the city's decadence and her isolation, eventually contacting her about Gruneman. Bree claims not to know Gruneman, but she does reveal that she has received threats from a john. As Bree becomes involved in Klute's search and realizes that she is in danger, she reluctantly falls in love with Klute, despite her wish to remain unattached to any man. When she finally comes face to face with the killer, however, she is forced to reconsider her detached urban life. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

  • Release date:June 23, 1971


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jane Fonda Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1971 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Jane Fonda Best Actress 1971 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jane Fonda Best Actress 1971 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Jane Fonda Best Actress 1971 Winner


Jane Fonda
as Bree Daniels
Donald Sutherland
as John Klute
Charles Cioffi
as Cable
Roy Scheider
as Frank
Dorothy Tristan
as Arlyn Page
Rita Gam
as Trina
Rosalind Cash
as Pat
Richard B. Shull
as Sugarman
Candy Darling
Lee Wallace
as Nate Goldfarb
Shirley Stoler
as Momma Rose
Anthony Holland
as Actor's Agent
Mary Louise Wilson
as Producer in Adv. Agency
Antonia Rey
as Mrs. Vanek, Landlady
Joe Silver
as Dr. Spangler
Betty Murray
as Holly Gruneman
Nathan George
as Lt. Trask
Morris Strassberg
as Mr. Goldfarb
Jean Stapleton
as Goldfarb's Secretary
Vivian Nathan
as Psychiatrist
Jerome Collamore
as Custodian
Robert Milli
as Tom Gruneman
Fred Burrell
as Man in Chicago Hotel
Barry Snider
as Berger
Tony Major
as Bill Azure


Alan J. Pakula
Alan J. Pakula
Gordon Willis
Carl Lerner
John Mortensen
Set Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
William C. Gerrity
First Assistant Director
Irving Buchman