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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.


Richard Shepard
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cazale ... Fredo Corleone / Stan / Sal / Stan (archive footage)
Steve Buscemi ... Self
Sam Rockwell ... Self
Al Pacino ... Self
Meryl Streep ... Self
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Self
Richard Shepard ... Self
Fred Roos ... Self
Francis Ford Coppola ... Self
Richard Dreyfuss ... Self
Brett Ratner ... Self
Sidney Lumet ... Self
Olympia Dukakis ... Self
Robyn Goodman Robyn Goodman ... Self
Israel Horovitz Israel Horovitz ... Self


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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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 »


Features Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

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I'm Shmaaaart!!!!!!
13 August 2011 | by highclarkSee all my reviews

Yeah, it's great to revisit the mammoth talent that was John Cazale, but the best thing about this DVD is the two black and white films that are to be found in the extras section. These films show John as an up and coming actor and as a cameraman. These two films are largely surrealistic attempts at social commentary or in visual puns. Both are excellent and should have captured a larger audience's attention.

But the main feature, the documentary, it is good, a little short, but good nonetheless. I read that Talia Shire's interview footage wasn't used. That's too bad, the film makers could have used a few extra minutes to pad this documentary out.

Great for novice film buffs and for fans of Cazale.

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16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA

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