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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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Richard Shepard
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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

Language:

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

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Steve Buscemi tells a brief anecdote. See more »

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Features The Godfather (1972) See more »

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Great piece and informative.
20 October 2013 | by mcan1996See all my reviews

This is a beautiful documentary about an unknown actor who somehow you can manage to remember his face and previous roles but don't know his name. John Cazale... A genius. This documentary is not a cheap one. If you watch (I definitely recommend)you will see tones of famous actors who worked with the John Cazale in the years of Illimunated Hollywood (1970s).

Even though i watched his works before (Deerhunter,Dog Day Afternoon, Godfather 1&2, The Conversation) I never realized that he is one of the most important actors in the history of 70s. He was just another guy. But after this short i realized that his intention was to be the other guy. The stranger, unwanted one, dumb character, bad son. These were the roles that made him a known actor at that time.

I also wanted to add that i wasn't thinking that actors have so much work in a movie besides the film crew and directors before watching this film. Now, (Thanks to John Cazale) i believe that a simple character can add magnificent taste to a scene (with his gesture, making it look like real life and showing singularity with his character.)

This is must watch film for liberated Hollywood fans.


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