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The Pawnbroker (1964)

 -  Drama  -  20 April 1965 (USA)
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A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

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Jaime Sánchez ...
Jesus Ortiz (as Jaime Sanchez)
Thelma Oliver ...
Ortiz' Girl
Marketa Kimbrell ...
Tessie
Baruch Lumet ...
Mendel
Juano Hernandez ...
Mr. Smith
Linda Geiser ...
Ruth
Nancy R. Pollock ...
Bertha
Raymond St. Jacques ...
Tangee
John McCurry ...
Buck
Ed Morehouse ...
Robinson
Eusebia Cosme ...
Mrs. Ortiz
Warren Finnerty ...
Savarese
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In a poor neighborhood of New York, the bitter and lonely Jewish pawnbroker Sol Nazerman is a survivor from Auschwitz that has no emotions or feelings. Sol lost his dearest family and friends in the war and his faith in God and belief in mankind. Now he only cares for money and is haunted by daydreams, actually flashbacks from the period of the concentration camp. Sol's assistant is the ambitious Latino Jesus Ortiz, who wants to learn with Sol how to run a business of his own. When Sol realizes that the obscure laundry business he has with the powerful gangster Rodriguez comes also from brothels, Sol recalls the fate of his beloved wife in the concentration camp and has a nervous breakdown. His attitude leads Jesus Ortiz to tragedy and Sol finds a way to cry. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The original brownstone building which served as the setting for the Nazerman Pawn Shop located at 1642 Park Avenue in Manhattan no longer exists. The site is now occupied by a four unit, four story brick apartment block which was built in 2010. That building, and the one next to it, were destroyed in a gas explosion in March 2014 that killed 11 people. See more »

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[Jesus Ortiz points to the tattooed numbers on Sol Nazerman's arm]
Jesus Ortiz: You want to tell me something, Mr. Nazerman? What is that? That... is that a secret society or something?
Sol Nazerman: [hesitates] Yeah.
Jesus Ortiz: Well... what do I do to join?
Sol Nazerman: What do you do to join? You learn to walk on water.
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Classic, one of my all-time favorites
9 July 2002 | by (Dixon, CA) – See all my reviews

It's strange to say that this very grim movie is one of my all-time favorites. "The Pawnbroker" might make you suicidal in it's deep cynicism of the human condition, but I think there is a positive side to the film. The main character, a deeply-wounded Holocaust survivor, initial has no feelings for anyone or anything--he's just going through the motions of life. But by the end of the film he learns that people are not all bad--and maybe that's the most shocking revelation of them all!

Certainly Rod Steiger's greatest role. Do see it.


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