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Release Date:
20 April 1965 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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On March 12, 2014, 50 years after The Pawnbroker was released, a water main break and gas explosion destroyed 2 buildings immediately adjacent to and north of the site of Nazerman's Pawn Shop. The disaster, which killed 4 and injured 63, was headline news for several weeks.See more »
Continuity: As Jesus runs down the street, his shirt changes from a V-neck to a turtle neck, and then back again.See more »
Marilyn Birchfield:What makes you so bitter?
Sol Nazerman:Bitter?
Sol Nazerman:No, no, Miss Birchfield, I am not *bitter*. No, that passed me by a million years ago. I'm a man of no anger. I have no desire for vengeance for what was done to me. I have escaped from the emotions. I am safe within myself. All I ask and want is peace and quiet.
Marilyn Birchfield:Why haven't you found them?
Sol Nazerman:Because people like you will not let me. Miss Birchfield, you have made the afternoon very tedious with your constant search for an answer. And one more thing: please, stay out of my life.
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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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