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Director:
Writers:
Morton S. Fine (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:
Steiger gives greatest performance of all time See more (77 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 Nazerman
Nancy R. Pollock ... Bertha

Raymond St. Jacques ... Tangee
John McCurry ... Buck
Charles Dierkop ... Robinson
Eusebia Cosme ... Mrs. Ortiz
Warren Finnerty ... Savarese
Jack Ader ... Morton
Marianne Kanter ... Joan
Ed Morehouse ... Oratory Award
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marc Alexander ... Rubin (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Jew in Cage (uncredited)

Morgan Freeman ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Hilda Haynes ... Mrs. Harmon (uncredited)
E.M. Margolese ... Papa (uncredited)
Donnie Melvin ... David Nazerman (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 (director of photography)
 
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
Joseph F. Coffey .... camera operator (as Joseph Coffee)
Howard Fortune .... chief electrician (as Buddy Fortune)
Edward Knott .... chief grip (as Eddie Knott)
Peter Norman .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe
Marilyn Putnam .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sheila Bakerman .... assistant editor
 
Location Management
Harold Reidman .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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
 
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116 min
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Trivia:
The music on the radio in the scene between Ortiz and his girlfriend is composer Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova," which would later be used in the Austin Powers films.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Quantity and location of blood on the lip is inconsistent.See more »
Quotes:
Marilyn Birchfield:What happened?
Sol Nazerman:'Happened'?
Marilyn Birchfield:Yes.
Sol Nazerman:I didn't die. Everything that I loved... was taken away from me, and... I did not die.
Marilyn Birchfield:Mr. Nazerman!
Sol Nazerman:There was... nothing I could do. Nothing. Strange, I could do nothing. No, there was nothing I could do.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Don't Wanna Be a LoserSee more »

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37 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Steiger gives greatest performance of all time, 9 February 2006
Author: edwardi-koch from United States

Rod Steiger gives the greatest lead-actor performance I have ever seen in the title role of the Pawnbroker. Lumet's direction strikes no false note and neither does the incredibly well-researched and painfully honest script. It's hard to believe how virtually forgotten this true masterpiece of a survivor's private hell. It shows very vividly that even those of us lucky enough to survive the camps need to be ever more rare of spirit to survive without significant trauma scars. Steiger extracts every piece of emotion from his character with a performance that exceeds all that came before it and has never been surpassed. Every aspiring actor needs to view Steiger's performance to realize how magnificent it truly is.

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