Pawnbroker

The Pawnbroker

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters

     
 

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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

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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 from the world around him. As his small shop in Harlem is run with little care or attention, it becomes a convenient cover for a local racketeer. Finally, a caring social worker tries to appeal to his humanity, but Sol's emotional wounds may prove to be too great to overcome. Based on a book by Edward Lewis Wallant, The Pawnbroker features the skilled camera work of Boris Kaufman, who had previously worked with director Sidney Lumet on films such as 12 Angry Men (1957) and Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962). The score is composed by Quincy Jones, who would contribute to Lumet's 1978 musical, The Wiz.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
The Pawnbroker is a powerful, moody film notable for a great performance by Rod Steiger in the title role and taut direction by Sidney Lumet. Lumet knows his way around New York, and his use of French New Wave techniques gives the film a vibrancy and urgency that complement the story. As Sol Nazerman, Steiger controls the showboating tendencies that have submarined some of his other performances, allowing his character's tortured past to seep quietly rather than boil noisily into his present-day life. Steiger's Nazerman is a cool, distant man slowly drawn back to his past by the challenges of life in contemporary New York. This was one of the first Hollywood films to dramatize the psychological impact of the Nazi concentration camps, while daringly drawing parallels to contemporary conditions of New York City ghetto life. The black-and-white cinematography by Boris Kaufman effectively enhances the somber mood, while the music and eerie lighting offer appropriate emotional punctuation marks for an intense and intelligent study of one man's emotional alienation. Rod Steiger received the film's only Academy Award nomination, though he lost to Lee Marvin's comic turn in Cat Ballou.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2014
UPC:
0887090076401
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:56:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Steiger Sol Nazerman
Geraldine Fitzgerald Marilyn Birchfield
Brock Peters Rodriguez
Thelma Oliver Ortiz's Girl
Jaime Sanchez Jesus Ortiz
Marketa Kimbrell Tessie
Baruch Lumet Mendel
Juano Hernandez Mr. Smith
Linda Geiser Ruth Nazerman
Nancy R. Pollock Bertha
John McCurry Buck
Ed Morehouse Robinson
Eusebia Cosme Mrs. Ortiz
Warren Finnerty Savarese
Marianne Kanter Joan
Raymond St. Jacques Tangee
Charles Dierkop Actor
Reni Santoni Actor

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Morton S. Fine Screenwriter
Jack Flaherty Set Decoration/Design
David Friedkin Screenwriter
Ulu Grosbard Production Manager
Bill Herman Makeup
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Ely Landau Producer
Philip Langner Producer
Roger Lewis Producer
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph Manduke Associate Producer
Worthington Miner Executive Producer
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
Richard Sylbert Production Designer

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The Pawnbroker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good movie , actor Rod Steiger is great .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago