The Pawnbroker (1965)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Lewis Wallant, Morton S. Fine, David Friedkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2003
Republic Pictures Home Video



as Sol Nazerman

as Marilyn Birchfield

as Jesus Ortiz

as Rodriguez

as Ortiz's Girl

as Mr. Smith

as Robinson

as Mrs. Ortiz

as Morton

as Robinson
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Critic Reviews for The Pawnbroker

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | December 27, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The Pawnbroker is a paradoxically obsessed with death, yet roaring with life, a jazzy urban tragedy that sees shadows of the Holocaust in the suffering and exploitation of the dead-eyed souls of East Harlem.

Full Review… | April 21, 2014
The Dissolve

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2011

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

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
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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.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

A movie equally depressing and amazing. Early Lumet is incredible.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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