The Pawnbroker


(out of 5)

A Holocaust survivor (), the only member of his family to escape from the camps alive, now lives in 1960s New York and owns a pawn shop. The many difficulties of facing the rough life of downtown New York City are constantly exacerbated by his inability to escape his memories. Only the friendship of a kind woman he meets in a park () seems to help, but even then it’s difficult for him to reach out to her. This excellent drama, one of the first to truly address the survivor guilt of those who managed to outlive the horrors of the Third Reich, is kept entirely together by the fascinating, subtle performance by Steiger, who was probably never better.


USA, 1964

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nomination
Best Actor (Rod Steiger as “Sol Nazerman”)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Rod Steiger


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