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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

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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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conheço Este Cara - A História de John Cazale See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Talia Shire was interviewed for this documentary, but none of her footage made it into the final finished film. See more »

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Steve Buscemi tells a brief anecdote. See more »

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References Marie Antoinette (2006) See more »

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4 October 2013 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

In the days before the internet a popular question to film magazines was: 'Whatever happened to John Cazale?'

People who first saw him in The Godfather films and then saw him pop up in Dog Day Afternoon, The Conversation and The Deer Hunter were flummoxed that this brilliant, distinctive looking actor came out from nowhere, appeared in the great films of the 1970s and then promptly disappeared.

If John Cazale were still alive now he would be a celebrated actor and likely to have Oscar and Tony awards under his belt.

Unfortunately Cazale died of cancer in 1978. He left a legacy in movie history of five performances in five films that were all nominated for the Best Picture Oscars, three of them actually winning the Best Picture Oscar.

Actors, friends, family, collaborators discuss John Cazale, his life on screen and stage where he was also a celebrated performer. For the first time you get to find out a little more of John Cazale the man and performer.

Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and for his first appearance on screen in several years, Gene Hackman all reminiscence about him.


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