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The Pawnbroker (1964)

Approved | | Drama | 20 April 1965 (USA)
A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sol Nazerman
... Marilyn Birchfield
... Rodriguez
... Jesus Ortiz (as Jaime Sanchez)
Thelma Oliver ... Ortiz' Girl
... Tessie
... Mendel
... Mr. Smith
... Ruth Nazerman
Nancy R. Pollock ... Bertha
... Tangee
John McCurry ... Buck
... Robinson
... Mrs. Ortiz
Warren Finnerty ... Savarese
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In a poor neighborhood of New York, the bitter and lonely Jewish pawnbroker Sol Nazerman is a survivor from Auschwitz that has no emotions or feelings. Sol lost his dearest family and friends in the war and his faith in God and belief in mankind. Now he only cares for money and is haunted by daydreams, actually flashbacks from the period of the concentration camp. Sol's assistant is the ambitious Latino Jesus Ortiz, who wants to learn with Sol how to run a business of his own. When Sol realizes that the obscure laundry business he has with the powerful gangster Rodriguez comes also from brothels, Sol recalls the fate of his beloved wife in the concentration camp and has a nervous breakdown. His attitude leads Jesus Ortiz to tragedy and Sol finds a way to cry. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$930,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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In the park, while sitting on the bench, Sol is in slightly different positions between shots. See more »

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Jesus Ortiz: That's all life is about?
Sol Nazerman: That's *all* life is about!
Jesus Ortiz: You mean... money is the whole thing?
Sol Nazerman: Money is the whole thing!
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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #1.4 (2002) See more »

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I Don't Wanna Be a Loser
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Written by Ben Raleigh and Mark Barkan
Performed by Lesley Gore
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A very impressive and dramatic movie
24 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

A very impressive and dramatic movie. I remember when I saw the first time this movie as a young teenager, I was deeply impressed by it, and after many years it still one of the movie that are important to me. The thing that hit me in the movie is the wire between the violence in the streets of the city and the violence in the Nazist concentration camp. It's the story without any hope of a survivor, a dead man walking, living an impossible life in the violent modern society. It has been the first movie that I saw about other movies about the Holocaust and still Ithink it's one of the more impressive about this argument. I saw many movies about the Holocaust, ma no one treats as this, the difficult life of survivors who lost their family.


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