Klute
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"[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, TIME Magazine
"Pakula, when he is not indulging in subjective camera, strives to give his film the look of structural geometry, but despite the sharp edges and dramatic spaces and cinema presence out of Citizen Kane, it all suggests a tepid, rather tasteless mush."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Sutherland is either an excellent sounding board for this nuanced portrait or he's a big zero, probably both. Fonda, however, transcends her limitations, making the most of her often forced quality as an actress."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fonda and Sutherland sizzle. A great story too."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A gripping suspense thriller; Fonda tough and vulnerable deserved her Oscar here."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"For once, a genuinely psychological thriller."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Playing a complex, sharpy written part, Jane Fonda won the Best Actress Oscar for her strongest dramatic performance in Alan Pakula's well mounted drmataic thriller"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Fonda is simply a revelation, beautiful, sassy and streetwise, and yet hauntingly vulnerable. She deserved her Oscar in a role she has never bettered."
‑ , Film4
"A knock-out"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Fonda's riveting performance is impossible to shake"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"With Fonda and Sutherland, you have actors who understand and sympathize with their characters, and you have a vehicle worthy of that sort of intelligence. So the fact that the thriller stuff doesn't always work isn't so important."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the most important and influential movies of the early 1970s."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Fonda won an Oscar. Roy Scheider is her nasty pimp!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Fonda and Sutherland are at the top of their game in this mystery/thriller that also provides a fasinating look into the mind and soul of a top NYC callgirl."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Thanks to its complexities of character and morality, Klute creates a proposition for the audience in which there's no such thing as simple pleasure, even if we're paying."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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