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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min



I just made some fresh

lemonade, Solly.

It's going to be a nice day.

Not too hot.


Your back again, papa?


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.


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.


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?


My sister.

My poor sister Ruth.


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.


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.


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?



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 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?


But it's gold.

Plate. $1.00.

Man the lifeboats!

Here I is again.

All right.

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