Klute script
Klute (1971)
Synopsis: Klute is a 1971 American crime-thriller film directed and produced by Alan J. Pakula, written by Andy and Dave Lewis, and starring Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Charles Cioffi, and Roy Scheider. It tells the story of a high-priced prostitute who assists a detective in solving a missing person case. Klute is the first installment of what informally came to be known as Pakula's "paranoia trilogy". The other two films in the trilogy are The Parallax View (1974) and All the President's Men (1976).

INT. DINING ROOM - TOM GRUNEMANN HOUSE - DAY

CLOSE SHOT of TOM GRUNEMANN, attractive young

executive, sitting at the head of the dining room

table carving a turkey for Thanksgiving Day dinner.

There are joyous sounds of celebration. The CAMERA

PANS around the table revealing the happy family

and guests. Among them are KLUTE and CABLE.

Camera stops at Mrs. Grunemann who sits at the foot

of the table opposite her husband. She smiles

across at him with pleasure. We cut to Tom

Grunemann smiling back at her. We cut back to a

closeup of Mrs. Grunemann looking back at her

husband with love. We cut back to Tom Grunemann's

chair - only now it is empty. The joyous sounds

disappear on this cut. It appears that Tom

Grunemann has disappeared before our eyes. One

moment he is there, and the next moment he is gone.

The camera pans back down the table, only now it is

empty except for Grunemann's children and Mrs.

Grunemann. She is now dressed in something dark.

She and the three children sit eating another meal

in emptiness. She has changed from a joyous woman

to a woman bereaved.

INT. RESEARCH PLANT: ON ROSS - DAY

The industrial frontier. SPECIAL AGENT ROSS steps

into frame, glancing (perhaps idly, a little

impatiently) in this direction at some loud

industrial goings-on just beyond camera, then

returns toward GROUP.

The group includes CABLE and a YOUNGER FBI AGENT

with clipboard, to whom KLUTE is supplying

preliminary data. KLUTE's manner is somewhat

rumpled, awkward.

KLUTE:

Klute. With a K. K - L - U -

ROSS:

Are you with plant security,

Sergeant?

KLUTE:

(shakes head)

Town Police.

ROSS:

Then how are you involved?

KLUTE:

(slowly)

I know Tom Grunemann.

ROSS:

(shortcutting again)

You knew the subject Thomas

Grunemann. How well?

KLUTE:

We grew up together. Kids.

ROSS:

Can you account for his

disappearance in any way?

KLUTE:

No.

ROSS:

Did he recently appear to you

agitated or depressed?

(aside to younger Agent,

recording)

-- indicates no -- Did he voice to

you grievance or discontent with

his research work here? Indicates

no. Moral or sexual problems or

peculiarities? --

KLUTE:

No.

ROSS:

Marital problems in general?

Indicates possibly -- am I right

Sergeant?

KLUTE:

Everybody's got some, I guess.

ROSS:

Did he ever mention specifically a

girl or woman in New York?

KLUTE:

No.

ROSS:

Examine this letter please.

(continues)

We recovered that from the shredder

-- the plant disposal and

incinerator system. Grunemann

apparently typed it Friday, before

he left, decided not to send it,

tossed it away. We've already

contacted the New York Police; they

think they know the girl in

question.

C.U. KLUTE

Klute reads. We see a controlled incredulity and

revulsion.

ROSS (CONT'D)

He never mentioned this type thing

to you? You didn't know he had

these interests?

INT. GRUNEMANN HOUSE: C.U. HOLLY - DAY

HOLLY thrusts the letter back toward camera, toward

KLUTE crying out -

HOLLY:

My husband was not like that! My

God, Klute.

KLUTE:

It looks like he sent her quite a

few of those Holly -- the girl --

she recalls six or seven letters

like --

HOLLY:

(calmly)

-- No. I mean sure a little rough

stuff, but just what people usually

-- No, I would've said we were

pretty good.

(pause)

Johnnie I don't understand. I just

don't understand.

Klute nods. She is talking for both of them. Klute

looks out the window to the children playing

outside. CAMERA PANS out window to Klute's POV of

children playing on a cold winter day. The trees

are stripped bare.

EXT. RESEARCH PLANT

Tree lined area, lush and green - Summer.

INT. RESEARCH PLANT: DIRECTOR'S OFFICE - DAY

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