The Pawnbroker

Synopsis: In a poor neighborhood of New York, the bitter and lonely Jewish pawnbroker Sol Nazerman is a survivor from Auschwitz that has no emotions or feelings. Sol lost his dearest family and friends in the war and his faith in God and belief in mankind. Now he only cares for money and is haunted by daydreams, actually flashbacks from the period of the concentration camp. Sol's assistant is the ambitious Latino Jesus Ortiz, who wants to learn with Sol how to run a business of his own. When Sol realizes that the obscure laundry business he has with the powerful gangster Rodriguez comes also from brothels, Sol recalls the fate of his beloved wife in the concentration camp and has a nervous breakdown. His attitude leads Jesus Ortiz to tragedy and Sol finds a way to cry.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Republic Pictures Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
APPROVED
Year:
1964
116 min
317 Views


Sol?

Solly?

I just made some fresh

lemonade, Solly.

It's going to be a nice day.

Not too hot.

Ohh!

Your back again, papa?

Aww.

Why don't you move

into the shade, Sol?

Good morning, uncle Sol.

Mother, I was thinking.

If we could only afford it, Danish

modern would be so perfect.

Solly?

The editorial section.

So, Solly...

What do you think, huh?

About what?

What I told you at brunch.

After all, you live here, too.

You're paying for it.

It really is up to you.

Buy it and keep it.

What?

I said buy it...

Keep it...

The AM-FM television.

That's not what I mean. I mean

about the trip to Europe.

I don't wanna be...

Turn it down, joan.

This music bother you, uncle Sol?

You sure you wouldn't

like some lemonade?

Did you sleep long enough, my son?

I wasn't sleeping.

No. He was drawing his

pornographic pictures.

Give me that!

Oh, look at it!

My god! Look!

It's a nude girl!

Look at that, uncle Sol!

My god!

What have you been doing?

Ha ha!

Give it back to me!

Look what your son's been doing!

Don't you know girls aren't built that way!

All right!

Enough already, will you?

Why can't you leave me alone?

As soon as you come around, my son,

There's a disturbance.

Morton, comb your hair, Morton.

You look like some

kind of character

With your hair like that.

Edward's picking me

up in 10 minutes,

And I don't want you

to frighten him.

What happens to the time?

25 years.

Do you realize it, Sol?

Do I realize what?

25 years next thursday.

Did you know that, Sol?

Yes.

My sister.

My poor sister Ruth.

Mother.

25 years.

My sister Ruth was

beautiful like a picture.

Uncle Solly knows how

beautiful, mother.

He was married to her.

Sol, all you have to

do is say yes or no.

A final yes or no.

A final yes or no about what?

The trip to Europe.

You want to go to Europe, Bertha?

Not me, so much,

But they have family plans now,

So why not?

It's a 17-day tour.

And why do you want

to go to Europe?

Mostly, it's him.

He says it'd be very good

For his standing with

the school board.

And he's always wanted

to visit there, anyhow.

The shrines and the old cities...

There's an atmosphere

we don't have here.

Something mellow.

Age lends its own charm.

Why, you can almost

smell the difference.

It's rather like a

stink if I remember.

All esta tu jefe, Jesus!

No spanish, mama.

No spanish.

English.

You hurry now.

Couple of weeks working for him

Ain't long enough

for you to be late.

Mama, you know what

your trouble is?

You know your trouble?

You worry!

You worry.

Now, me, I don't worry, mama.

You know why?

Because I am going

a long way, mama.

Yeah! A long way.

Jesus...

No more trouble.

No more things like that, Jesus.

No. No more, mama.

No more stealing, no more numbers,

No more peddling, no more nothing.

Strictly legit, ok?

Ok.

Mister?

How much will you give me for this?

I'm here!

Let the business now commence.

Ah, come on, now, Mr. Nazerman.

Don't look that way, now.

Listen, I'm going to insist...

I insist you dock me

exactly 20 minutes I late.

On the other hand,

I'll work so hard for

the next few hours

That you'll wind up giving

me time and a half.

To start with, I'm going

to open the front.

It's an award for oratory.

I won it in a citywide

oratorical contest

Five years ago.

It's gold.

$1.00.

$1.00 for an important

award like this?

20,000 started.

50 semifinalists, and I won.

I recited "the raven."

I was 1 of 20,000.

$1.00. Still at the same address?

Uh-huh.

But it's gold.

Plate. $1.00.

Man the lifeboats!

Here I is again.

All right.

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Discuss this script with the community:

0 Comments

    Translation

    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "The Pawnbroker" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 3 Dec. 2020. <https://www.scripts.com/script/the_pawnbroker_15692>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    The Pawnbroker

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.