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326 Ratings

The Pawnbroker

Directed by Sidney Lumet
United States, 1964


In a stunning, Oscar-nominated performance, Rod Steiger stars as a German-Jewish Holocaust survivor who operates a small East Harlem pawnshop, where his daily interactions with the desperate clientele further darken his already jaundiced view of humanity.

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The Pawnbroker Directed by Sidney Lumet

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1964 | Winner: Best Actor (Silver Berlin Bear)

1964 | Honorable Mention: FIPRESCI Prize

Academy Awards

1966 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

BAFTA Awards

1967 | Winner: Best Foreign Actor

1967 | Nominee: UN Award

Directors Guild of America

1966 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

Whereas The Fascist is a modest anecdote that blossoms beautifully into stature and significance, The Pawnbroker is a pretentious parable that manages to shrivel into drivel… Rod Steiger is interesting at first in a mannered, technical performance simply because he underacts and underreacts while everyone around him is declaiming disastrously.
July 15, 1965
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