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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:
Never has internal pain been so vividly portrayed. See more (70 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)
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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 Lewis .... producer
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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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 (bw)

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Trivia:
Morgan Freeman's first movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the park, while sitting on the bench, Sol is in slightly different positions between shots.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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Soundtrack:
I Don't Wanna Be a LoserSee more »

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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Never has internal pain been so vividly portrayed., 1 January 2004
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

This is in my 50 best movies of all time list.

Rod Steiger,a gifted actor, is at his very best here portraying Sol Nazerman, a pawnbroker who is completely shut down emotionally.

Through flashbacks, some fast, mostly slow, we see both the joy and subsequent horror of Sol's life in Nazi Germany, when his wife and children are swept into the camps and killed. Sol's deepest pain is that he survived and he carries it visibly. Nothing touches him. He is removed from humanity, living a life outside anyone else's.

This is never more exemplified than at his shop, where he is behind bars, often in shadow, while humanity moves outside, sometimes pleading with him, sometimes just wishing to make an emotional contact to no avail.

Brilliant black and white photography. Quincy Jones' music underscores this, it is jazzy 60s type of music, loud and vibrant, totally contrasting with the dark, dead world of Sol.

The supporting cast are terrific and the outdoor location shooting in New York is riveting. The movement of street life against the heaviness of Sol's plodding.

I still find it hard to believe that Rod lost the Oscar to Lee Marvin in the forgettable "Cat Ballou" (!!) that year.

This has to be seen by any serious lovers of movies. The last scene, done in one continuous take is heartbreaking, Sol finally getting in touch with the pain he has buried so deeply. Gut wrenching stuff. 9 out of 10.

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