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Klute

Year: 1971
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Alan J Pakula
Producer: Alan J Pakula
Cast: Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider
From one of the finest creative minds in 1970s paranoid thrillers comes a movie that's disappointingly more style than substance and altogether a bit... nothing.

Fonda is Bree, a New York working girl and the only clue in the disappearance of a wealthy industrialist who patronised her services and has now gone missing.

A geeky, youthful looking Donald Sutherland is the friend of the family and erstwhile PI (we're never sure what he has to do with the whole thing or his interest in the case) sent to the big smoke from old money Pennsylvania to look for the missing man.

Picking up the trail with Bree, he proceeds to fall in love with her and finds himself protecting her from apparently nefarious interests that want to scare or silence her in connection with the case.

What's the riddle behind the mystery? You'll guess by the halfway mark when the obviously guilty party is paraded in front of you so blatantly he might as well have a target around his neck.

Pakula has the idioms of human behaviour and realistic speech down pat as well as an inventive eye for dressing and executing a scnee, but in trying to underplay it, the whole thing is devoid of feeling or passion - either in the script or by the characters - so you end up completely disengaged from the story, spending the whole time trying to muster up interest.

A great vision with nothing behind it.

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