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Alan Pakula’s Paranoia Trilogy


Donald Sutherland gives a fine performance as the eponymous detective in Alan Pakula’s thriller.

Image from Klute

USA 1971
Dir Alan Pakula
With Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider
Certificate 18

The first entry in Pakula’s ‘paranoia trilogy’ is, on the surface, a murder mystery. But the nuanced screenplay and the extraordinary quality of the acting elevate it beyond its genre trappings. The heart of the film lies in the relationship between the two lead characters; Sutherland gives a fine performance as the eponymous detective, while Fonda is electric as call girl Bree Daniels – a rare example of a complex female character who drives the narrative to its sinister conclusion.

Stuart Brown

Pakula Trilogy Offer: Buy a ticket for all three of the Pakula films for £24, concs £18 (members pay £3 less). Tickets can only be purchased online or in person at the box office.


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