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The Pawnbroker (1964)

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Release Date: Apr 20, 1965 Wide

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Critically acclaimed Rod Steiger plays Sol Nazerman, a Jewish pawnbroker who survived imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp, even though his wife and family did not. The devastating experience and unrelenting memories inhibit Sol from emotional involvement with life. He has no faith in religion and less in mankind. Though he carries on an affair with a woman who was also a victim of the Nazi camps, it is without emotion and Sol grows increasingly bitter and callous, withdrawing still further

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Drama, Classics

Edward Lewis Wallant

Dec 16, 2003

Republic Pictures Home Video

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

The film makes its point with narrative economy and emotional sophistication in a socially complex contemporary context.

August 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinemania

creates some haunting images and gives Rod Steiger a chance to blossom

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

An unpleasant, solemn and overwrought melodrama about an embittered Jewish Holocaust survivor still haunted by his stay in Auschwitz.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One of the first Hollywood films to deal with the Holocaust, The Pawnbroker is thematically and stylistically innovative, borrowing some of its devices from the French New Wave, such as brief flashbacks, stylized b/w imagery, and jazzy score.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Dramatizes the psychological impact of the Nazi concentration camps, while drawing parallels to contemporary conditions of New York City ghetto life

June 27, 2002 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Pawnbroker

An amazingly acted & directed punch to the gut.

Check out Ralph Rosenblum's great book for a look at the editing of this picture. It's called, When Shooting Stops.
April 25, 2011
kenstachnik

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A movie equally depressing and amazing. Early Lumet is incredible.
November 12, 2006
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

Steiger is wonderful as an emotional (and physical) survivor attempting some degree of normal after being through horror. A hit for Lumet.
February 3, 2014
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Perhaps one of the few films about the legacy of the Holocaust, that is entirely focused on despair and emptiness . . . that being said, I get the feeling that Lumet was a little too into the French New Wave when he made this. I don't mean to belittle that movement, but it doesn't completely works for this kind of narrative.
February 8, 2014
Alec Barniskis

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    1. Ruth Nazerman: Papa is dead, what am I going to do Sol?
    2. Sol Nazerman: You bury him, there's nothing else to do.
    3. Ruth Nazerman: Sol when you talk like that you're not human.
    4. Sol Nazerman: What do you want me to do, come over and cry with you? Well to hell with your crying.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (2 months ago)
    1. Sol Nazerman: Do you believe in God Ortiz?
    2. Jesus Ortiz: I don't know Mr. Nazerman but you believe in God, and I'd make book on that.
    3. Sol Nazerman: I do not believe in God, or art, or science, or newspapers, or politics, or philosophy.
    – Submitted by Kevin R (2 months ago)
    1. Sol Nazerman: Next to the speed of light, which Einstein tells us is the only absolute in the universe, second only to that, I rank money.
    – Submitted by Stuart G (2 years ago)
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Foreign Titles

  • Der Pfandleiher (DE)
  • Le preteur sur gages (FR)
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