Watch This: Here’s one of only five movies—all great—John Cazale made before he died
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: With the Paul Walker-led Furious 7 still doing gangbusters business, we look back at other final films from actors who died too young.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The storied, five-for-five feature-film career of John Cazale—The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather: Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter—was a special case of an actor being in the right place at exactly the right time. Cazale could explode when he needed to; in Godfather: Part II, against a calm backdrop of snow and rippling lake water, he memorably releases a heap of pent-up rage (“I’m smart, and I want respect!”) at little brother Al Pacino. But he was in his element when enriching the fringes of a movie without making too much noise. In The Conversation, he quietly steals a …