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Broke. (2009)

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Set in a pawnshop the documentary by award-winning filmmaker Rosie Dransfeld features the unlikely friendship between a cynic pawnbroker and a psychopath.


Rosvita Dransfeld (as Rosie Dransfeld)


Rosvita Dransfeld (as Rosie Dransfeld)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Chris Hoard Chris Hoard ... Self
David Woolfson David Woolfson ... Self


The owner of a pawn shop, David Woolfson, is a banker of last resort. A grouchy old guy with a mushy heart, Jewish immigrant from South Africa, he's been running the store for nearly 16 years. Not that he needs to. It's just that, if he was stuck at home, he would go mad. Then, one day, Chris Hoard, ex-convict and psychopath, shows up and offers his help. For free. An unlikely friendship develops. However, Chris has his own luggage to carry, and it is wearing him down. Written by Rosie Dransfeld

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Who pawns their boots?
16 December 2010 | by mihart-mSee all my reviews

An interesting portrayal of an often-overlooked fragment of society. You find them in the shady segment of communities; neighborhoods where they are a need. It is that need that gives off the seedy perception to pawn shops. They enable addicts and crooks. They pray on the down trodden.

Many arguments can be made for both sides of the pawnshop coin. This film is about neither. It is about veiled humanity. While Mr. Woolfson is blunt to his customers, he does so in a neither a judgemental nor a condescending way. Many he sees over and over, knows their stories, their addictions. While he admonishes them, he never talks down to them.

When someone walks with their prized possessions and pride into a pawnshop and pawn's them in order to put food on the table he counsels them with dark humour.

While a lot of pawn shops are trying to 'clean' up their act and maintain an esthetically pleasing shopping experience, David Woolfson's shop is a character in itself. It is crammed, floor to ceiling, inch after inch of wall space, with STUFF. It seems he takes in much, much more than actually leaves.

Watch this film and hopefully you will walk away with a different perception, but if nothing maybe a little compassion.

***As a side note. In early 2010, after filming, David Woolfson was beaten by a hatchet in his store. 3 customers found him unconscious and called 911. He has survived and has since sold the store.

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Release Date:

8 October 2009 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


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CAD250,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

ID Productions, TVO See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)


Color (HDCAM)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (anamorphic)
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