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I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009)

A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cazale ... Fredo Corleone / Stan / Sal / Stan (archive footage)
Steve Buscemi ... Himself
Sam Rockwell ... Himself
Al Pacino ... Himself
Meryl Streep ... Herself
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Himself
Richard Shepard ... Himself
Fred Roos ... Himself
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself
Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself
Brett Ratner ... Himself
Sidney Lumet ... Himself
Olympia Dukakis ... Herself
Robyn Goodman Robyn Goodman ... Herself
Israel Horovitz Israel Horovitz ... Himself
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John Cazale was in only five films - The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather, Part Two, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter - each was nominated for Best Picture. Yet today most people don't even know his name. I KNEW IT WAS YOU is a fresh tour through movies that defined a generation. Written by Reiss, Stacey

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16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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New Mexico, USA

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John Cazale's brother Steve Cazale convinced Meryl Streep to be interviewed for this documentary. See more »

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Features The Deer Hunter (1978) See more »

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A Tribute to John Cazale
3 April 2010 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

Fredo in the two first episodes of "The Godfather" films; Sal in the acclaimed "Dog Day Afternoon"; Stan in the wonderful "The Conversation" and another character named Stan in "The Deer Hunter". Only five movies to make John Cazale a recognizable face in the 1970's. As it was showed in this brilliant documentary he's known by his work and his character and not much by his name. Sadly he died very young and didn't had the chance to show his great talent in more movies.

In "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale" we see the Cazale in multiple faces, as a cinema actor, as a stage actor, the married man (married with Meryl Streep) and the excellent human being he was. Actors and directors who met him like Robert De Niro, Sidney Lumet, Francis Ford Coppola, Gene Hackman and Meryl Streep and fans of his work like Sam Rockwell, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Brett Ratner and many others paid a tribute to this honored actor who gaves us so much in such a shortened life. They talk about their favorite moments with him on and off screen, how he has in person, and his final moments before dying of cancer.

Many people don't know but all of his five movies are listed in IMDb 250 greatest movies of all time and also included in AFI's list. Unfortunately he didn't received the attention he deserved in life, wasn't nominated for an Academy Award and only received one nomination to the Golden Globes (Actor in a Supporting role for "Dog Day Afternoon"), but his performances lasted long enough to be presented to many generations. Very good documentary. 10/10


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