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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:
Visually stunning, provocative drama. See more (74 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)
 
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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Aspect Ratio:
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 (cut) (bw)

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Trivia:
Kim Stanley was considered for role that went to Geraldine Fitzgerald.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:
Sol Nazerman:I do not believe in God, or art, or science, or newspapers, or politics, or philosophy.
Jesus Ortiz:Then, Mr. Teacher, ain't there nothing you do believe in?
Sol Nazerman:Money.
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Soundtrack:
I Don't Wanna Be a LoserSee more »

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68 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
Visually stunning, provocative drama., 5 October 2004
Author: mdm-11 from United States

Powerful drama centering around elderly NYC slum-area pawnbroker (Rod Steiger in Oscar nominated performance), tormented by his painful memories of Nazi concentration camp nightmare. Embittered, he brushes off all friendly people in his life, insisting that nothing matters and emotions are wasted.

Apparently "playing the system" for years, allowing king-pin thugs to use his store as a money laundering "front", while collecting his "cut", the no-nonsense pawnbroker is suddenly plagued by flashbacks, showing how his young wife and son are killed, and at once wanting to stop the evil workings of his hoodloom infested slum neighborhood. When the young "apprentice" he hired lays his own life on the line to protect him from being shot during a robbery, the pawnbroker shows his first human emotions since the horrific day he lost his family.

The flawless direction, masterful black & white cinematography, haunting Jazz score, along with innovative handling of the themes (racism, prostitution, social reforms, etc.), make this nothing less than a masterpiece. There is a sequence with prolonged nudity, considered daring during the "Hayes Code" years, even if it appears tame by today's standards. The scenes are not gratuitous, but essential to the plot. Still these scenes may make this film unsuitable for pre-teens.

Like Shindler's List, this is a film many may find painful to watch. By 1965 standards, the mere attempt of giving insight into the evils of the Holocaust was a strong move. The resulting product withstood the test of time and will endure. Named as his personal favorite work, "The Pawnbroker" gives us Rod Steiger's finest performance! Highly recommended.

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