Salient. Official Newspaper of Victoria University Students Assn. Volume 40 Number 2. Feb 7 1977
"Levels upon levels upon levels. Like all good films, Alan Pakula's Klute tells several stories at once, not so much in layers which peel away one by one to reveal hidden depths, as in parallel steps leading relentlessly up to the dark at the top of the stairs." — Sight and Sound.
First story: A big businessman has disappeared and the only clue to help John Klute, private eye, is that the man wrote an obscene letter to a call girl. Second story: the call firl tries to mend her ways by taking acting lessons and undergoes Psychoanalysis. Third story: The relationship between Klute and the call girl. It is a film about fear of the darK — the dark world we live in, the dark fancies of the human mind, the dark shadows of love.
Jane Fonda won the best actress of the year, in the academy awards, for her performance in this film. She is truly brilliant. Donald Souther land and director, Alan Pakula equal her performance.