Admired by actors and directors, adored by friends and lovers, yet unknown to most movie-goers, the venerable stage and screen actor John Cazale appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 1970’s – Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II and The Conversation, Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon and Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter. The critically-lauded films collectively earned 40 Oscar nominations, including 14 for Cazale’s co-stars, and raked in millions at the box office.
In 1978, just after wrapping The Deer Hunter, Cazale died tragically at age 42 and cinema was robbed of one of its brightest. In I Knew It Was You, director Richard Shepard talks with Cazale’s co-stars and friends, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro, Francis Ford Coppola, Israel Horovitz, Phillip Seymor Hoffman, Steve Buscemi and Sam Rockwell, and paints a loving tribute to a talent taken too soon. —Oscilloscope
Old friends and random celebrities like Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell, Brett Ratner(!) and a film historian take a stroll down memory lane to pay their respect to a superb actor. It's great to see the old timers come together and say a few words about an actor, that according to bypassers in NYC is unknown. The problem is really the puffy talking heads and the shallow analysis of what made him a great actor.