Sol Nazzerman (Rod Steiger) is a Jewish pawnbroker living in Harlem, haunted by the horrific experience of being a POW in a Nazi camp during the Holocaust. Having lost faith in God and his fellow man, Sol becomes increasingly cold and distant when his shop assistant Jesus (Jaime Sanchez) and social worker Marilyn (Geraldine Fitzgerald) attempt to break through his resentful exterior.
Powerful/disturbing NYC drama.
- The Pawnbroker review by Steve Mason
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A film about a survivor of a WW2 concentration camp who goes on to live a disinterested life among the detritus of NYC, in trauma from his wartime experiences. It's a theatrical piece, occasionally a bit naive feeling now, but features some superb scenes and dialogue, with a strong empathy for suffering at its heart. Rod Steiger is exceptional. But most of all I like Sidney Lumet's use of interior space, as also in Twelve Angry Men, and some wonderful location footage. Deserves to be better known. But a harrowing experience.