Klute

With her Oscar-winning turn in Klute, Jane Fonda reinvented herself as a new kind of movie star. Bringing nervy audacity and counterculture style to the role of Bree Daniels—a call girl and aspiring actor who becomes the focal point of a missing-person investigation when detective John Klute (Donald Sutherland) turns up at her door—Fonda made the film her own, putting an independent woman and escort on-screen with a frankness that had not yet been attempted in Hollywood. Suffused with paranoia by the conspiracy-thriller specialist Alan J. Pakula, and lensed by master cinematographer Gordon Willis, Klute is a character study thick with dread, capturing the mood of early-1970s New York and the predicament of a woman trying to find her own way on the fringes of society.

Film Info

  • Alan J. Pakula
  • United States
  • 1971
  • 114 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • English
  • Spine #987

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by camera operator Michael Chapman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Jane Fonda, conducted by actor Illeana Douglas
  • New program about Klute and director Alan J. Pakula by filmmaker Matthew Miele, featuring interviews with film scholar Annette Insdorf, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, and actor Charles Cioffi, along with archival interviews with Pakula
  • The Look of “Klute,” a new interview with writer Amy Fine Collins
  • Archival interviews with Pakula and Fonda
  • “Klute” in New York, a short documentary made during the shooting of the film
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris and excerpts from a 1972 interview with Pakula

New cover by Jay Shaw

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by camera operator Michael Chapman, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with actor Jane Fonda, conducted by actor Illeana Douglas
  • New program about Klute and director Alan J. Pakula by filmmaker Matthew Miele, featuring interviews with film scholar Annette Insdorf, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, and actor Charles Cioffi, along with archival interviews with Pakula
  • The Look of “Klute,” a new interview with writer Amy Fine Collins
  • Archival interviews with Pakula and Fonda
  • “Klute” in New York, a short documentary made during the shooting of the film
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Harris and excerpts from a 1972 interview with Pakula

New cover by Jay Shaw

Klute
Cast
Jane Fonda
Bree Daniels
Donald Sutherland
John Klute
Charles Cioffi
Peter Cable
Roy R. Scheider
Frank Ligourin
Dorothy Tristan
Arlyn Page
Rita Gam
Trina
Nathan George
Trask
Vivian Nathan
Psychiatrist
Morris Strassberg
Mr. Goldfarb
Barry Snider
Berger
Betty Murray
Holly Gruneman
Jane White
Janie Dale
Shirley Stoler
Momma Reese
Robert Milli
Tom Gruneman
Credits
Director
Alan J. Pakula
Produced by
Alan J. Pakula
Coproduced by
David Lange
Written by
Andy Lewis
Written by
Dave Lewis
Music composed and conducted by
Michael Small
Director of photography
Gordon Willis
Camera operator
Michael Chapman
Film editor
Carl Lerner
Art director
George Jenkins
Sound
Chris Newman
Costumes designed by
Ann Roth
Set decorator
Joe Mortensen
Title sequences by
Arthur Eckstein
Miss Fonda’s hairstyles by
Paul McGregor

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