The Pawnbroker


The Pawnbroker Review

Sidney Lumet's direction is not the highlight of The Pawnbroker -- it can be heavy-handed and self-conscious at times -- but Rod Steiger's searing portrayal of a freed Holocaust victim trying to make a living as a pawnbroker in Harlem is unforgettable. Steiger's Method acting is dead-on, offering up a character so wracked by the past that he's barely functional in the present: So he places the love of money over all else in his life. Lumet's use of awkward flashbacks to the concentration camps, actually hinders the storytelling rather than help it.

The Pawnbroker

Facts and Figures

Run time: 116 mins

In Theaters: Tuesday 20th April 1965

Budget: $500 thousand

Distributed by: Republic Pictures Home Video

Production compaines: Landau Company

Reviews 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 10

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew


Producer: Ely A. Landau, , , Herbert R. Steinmann

Starring: as Sol Nazerman, as Marilyn Birchfield, as Rodriguez, as Jesus Ortiz, as Ortiz's Girl, Marketa Kimbrell as Tessie, Baruch Lumet as Mendel, as Mr. Smith, Linda Geiser as Ruth, Nancy R. Pollock as Bertha, Raymond St. Jacques as Tangee