Rod Steiger gives a mesmerizing Oscar nominated performance as the embittered survivor of a Nazi death camp who can't escape the ghosts of his past or the powerful lesson that awaits him in the future. Now a Harlem pawnbroker, Sol Nazerman condemns the dregs of society who pass through his shop and ridicules his idealistic assistant, Ortiz. But when Ortiz, powerfully portrayed by Jaime Sanchez, puts his life on the line for Sol, only then does he learn the ultimate truth about hope and humanity. Under the brilliant direction of Sidney Lumet, Steiger's first starring role in the major leagues is among the finest of his career. Hugely controversial and denounced by everyone including the Catholic Legion of Decency for a taboo-breaking nude scene, this landmark film remains not just powerful entertainment, but a stunning example of how movies can alter our emotions and perceptions forever.

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The Pawnbroker (1965)

Drama · 1h 56m

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Rod Steiger gives a mesmerizing Oscar nominated performance as the embittered survivor of a Nazi death camp who can't escape the ghosts of his past or the powerful lesson that awaits him in the future. Now a Harlem pawnbroker, Sol Nazerman condemns the dregs of society who pass through his shop and ridicules his idealistic assistant, Ortiz. But when Ortiz, powerfully portrayed by Jaime Sanchez, puts his life on the line for Sol, only then does he learn the ultimate truth about hope and humanity. Under the brilliant direction of Sidney Lumet, Steiger's first starring role in the major leagues is among the finest of his career. Hugely controversial and denounced by everyone including the Catholic Legion of Decency for a taboo-breaking nude scene, this landmark film remains not just powerful entertainment, but a stunning example of how movies can alter our emotions and perceptions forever.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Companies

Landau Company, The Pawnbroker Company

Budget

$930,000
Cast
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Rod Steiger

Sol Nazerman
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Geraldine Fitzgerald

Marilyn Birchfield
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Brock Peters

Rodriguez
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Jaime Sánchez

Jesus Ortiz (as Jaime Sanchez)
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Thelma Oliver

Ortiz' Girl
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Marketa Kimbrell

Tessie
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Baruch Lumet

Mendel
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Juano Hernandez

Mr. Smith
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Linda Geiser

Ruth
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Nancy R. Pollock

Bertha
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Raymond St. Jacques

Tangee
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John McCurry

Buck
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Ed Morehouse

Robinson
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Eusebia Cosme

Mrs. Ortiz
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Warren Finnerty

Savarese
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Jack Ader

Morton (uncredited)
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Marc Alexander

Rubin (uncredited)
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Robert Dahdah

Jew In Cage (uncredited)
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Charles Dierkop

Robinson (uncredited)
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Morgan Freeman

Man on Street (uncredited)
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Hilda Haynes

Woman (uncredited)
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Marianne Kanter

Joan (uncredited)
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E.M. Margolese

Papa (uncredited)
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Donnie Melvin

Nazerman's Son (uncredited)
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Reni Santoni

Junkie selling radio (uncredited)
Crew
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Sidney Lumet

Director
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Morton S. Fine

Writer
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David Friedkin

Writer
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Edward Lewis Wallant

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Pawnbroker

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (Std.))

4/22/2014

Disc Title Front Cover

The Pawnbroker

(DVD)

12/16/2003

Disc Title Front Cover

The Pawnbroker

(DVD)

4/22/2014

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