The Pawnbroker

An uneasy mixture of European art movie (the Resnais-like flashbacks that punctuate the narrative) and American ciné-vérité (it was shot on the streets of New York), The Pawnbroker never achieves the intensity its subject matter threatens. It's almost as though Lumet was unsure as to whether he wanted to shock or move his audience with the story of a Jewish pawnbroker (Steiger) who is finally forced to leave the world of his concentration camp memories as the pressures of living in Harlem force themselves upon him.

Release details

Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sidney Lumet
Screenwriter: David Friedkin, Morton Fine
Cast: Rod Steiger
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Jaime Sanchez
Brock Peters
Thelma Oliver
Baruch Lumet
Juano Hernandez
Raymond St Jacques
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