Kazan was born Elias Kazancoglu in Istanbul to a Greek father from Kayseri, Turkey and a Greek mother from Istanbul, where her family were cotton merchants who imported cotton from Manchester, England, and sold it wholesale in Istanbul to various merchants, both Greek and Turkish, who took the goods out to the provinces. His family emigrated to the United States in 1913 and settled in New York City, where his father, George Kazanjoglu, became a rug merchant. Kazan’s father expected that his son would go into the family business, but his mother, Athena (née Sismanoglou), encouraged Kazan to make his own decisions. His family name ‘Kazanjoglou’ (an alternate spelling is Kazantzoglou) is Turkish, meaning “The son of a cauldron maker”, where the root word ‘kazan’ means cauldron or boiler. It was and still is common to find people of Greek, Jewish, Assyrian, Armenian, and Kurdish lineage with Turkish family names or where the root words in the names are uniquely Turkish.
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The semi-documentary style and theme of the failures of law enforcement is pulled off well but it's style is the film's major flaw. It goes back and forth to show the many facets of the investigation but sacrifices the chance for the viewer to connect with any characters (up until halfway through when it settles on the ethical decisions of Andrews' character). In the end this is a very minor but intriguing Kazan.
Kazan's gripping drama is a true-life story filmed in a semi-documentary style and stars underrated leading man Andrews as the prosecutor who must decide whether or not there is enough evidence to put a man on trial for the murder of a priest. Coming under political pressure for a conviction, his ethics are put to the test. An excellent cast of supporting stalwarts like Cobb, Begley and Kennedy are all on top form...