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Director:
Writers:
Morton S. Fine (screenplay) &
David Friedkin (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
20 April 1965 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Disturbing but a great Steiger performance... See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rod Steiger ... Sol Nazerman

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Marilyn Birchfield

Brock Peters ... Rodriguez
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Ader ... Morton (uncredited)
Marc Alexander ... Rubin (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Jew In Cage (uncredited)
Charles Dierkop ... Robinson (uncredited)

Morgan Freeman ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Hilda Haynes ... Woman (uncredited)
Marianne Kanter ... Joan (uncredited)
E.M. Margolese ... Papa (uncredited)
Donnie Melvin ... Nazerman's Son (uncredited)

Reni Santoni ... Junkie selling radio (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
 
Writing credits
Morton S. Fine (screenplay) (as Morton Fine) &
David Friedkin (screenplay)

Edward Lewis Wallant (novel)

Produced by
Philip Langner .... producer
Roger H. Lewis .... producer (as Roger Lewis)
Joseph Manduke .... associate producer
Worthington Miner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Boris Kaufman 
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum 
 
Casting by
Jessica Levy 
 
Production Design by
Richard Sylbert 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Ed Callaghan .... hair stylist
Bill Herman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ulu Grosbard .... unit manager
Mel Howard .... assistant production manager
Al Markim .... executive in charge of production (as Alfred Markim)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Eriksen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Albert Brenner .... assistant art director (as Al Brenner)
Jack Flaherty .... set dresser
Ken Thompson .... construction chief
Thomas Wright .... chief props (as Tom Wright)
 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
James A. Gleason .... sound mixer (as James Gleason)
Alan Heim .... sound editor
Dennis Maitland .... sound
James Perdue .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Fortune .... chief electrician (as Buddy Fortune)
Edward Knott .... chief grip (as Eddie Knott)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sheila Bakerman .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Billy Byers .... orchestrator (as William Byers)
Quincy Jones .... orchestrator
Richard Hazard .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Belle Iacobellis .... production secretary
Maggie James .... script supervisor
Ely A. Landau .... presenter (as Ely Landau)
Dana Steadley .... production secretary
Herbert R. Steinmann .... presenter
Harold Reidman .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:R (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (1998) | UK:X (video rating) (1965) | USA:Approved | West Germany:16 (bw)

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Trivia:
In a 1999 interview with Robert Osborne, Rod Steiger said he based the silent scream at the end of the film on the faces in Pablo Picasso's masterpiece "Guernica".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the very last scene of the film, Sol pierces his left hand on a receipt spindle. When he walks out of the pawn shop, he is looking in pain at his right hand.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Soul Bossa NovaSee more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Disturbing but a great Steiger performance..., 10 October 2004
Author: tksaysso from United States

The Pawnbroker is a very disturbing film. The title character, Sol Nazerman,

played by Rod Steiger, is an aging Holocaust concentration camp survivor

running a pawnshop in New York. A young hispanic man who works in the

pawnshop looks up to Steiger's character, hoping to learn from the older man's years of experience and expertise in both financial and other business matters.

Steiger's character is emotionally closed throughout the entire length of the film. Jarrring flashbacks to the time when Nazerman was happy with his wife and two small children become increasingly menacing and tragic as the Nazi

domination and cruelty become more dominant. Steiger's character survives his family. The guilt attached to that survival haunts Nazerman as he numbly

proceeds throughout the present-day portions of the film.

This movie takes a huge risk even in it's premise because the title character is never really likable. You certainly have empathy for what Nazerman has

experienced in his life, but the harsh and dismissive way in which he treats both people close to him and the tragic figures who frequent his pawnshop leave you little choice but to have mixed feelings about this man.

Rod Steiger is excellent. It's incredible to think that less than three years later after playing this character, an elderly Jewish concentration camp survivor,

Steiger won an Oscar for his portraying southern bigoted police chief Bill

Gillespie in Norman Jewison's In the Heat of the Night.

Sidney Lumet's direction is excellent. The photography is a starkly shot black and white with a grainy almost documentary-type feel to it. The score by Quincy Jones is somewhat uneven, with inappropriate upbeat instrumentation intruding in to somber scenes.

All in all, a very good film, but definitely excruciatingly somber in tone.

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