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Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night) earned a Best Actor Oscarr nomination for his stunning performance in this powerful story of hope and empathy from celebrated director Sidney Lumet (Dog Days Afternoon). Steiger plays Sol Nazerman, a survivor of a WWII Nazi death camp where his wife, parents and children were murdered. His soul robbed of hope, he takes refuge in misery and a bitter condemnation of humanity while managing a Harlem pawnshop subjected to an endless parade of prostitutes, pimps and thieves. Jamie Sanchez (The Wild Bunch) plays Ortiz, Sol's underprivileged and idealistic assistant who dreams of a better life. Two of the film's best features are the gorgeous black-and-white cinematography by the great Boris Kaufman (On the Waterfront) with a memorable trumpet score by the legendary Quincy Jones (The Getaway). The wonderful cast also includes Geraldine Fitzgerald (Wuthering Heights), Brock Peters (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Raymond St. Jacques (Cotton Comes to Harlem).
Every friday at my Arnor Theater, we do classic movie night. Sometimes it's just old movie night. This is, in my opinion, a classic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael T. Feeney
this film clearly stands the 'test of time'....it is a work of art and extraordinary humanity...
i find it even more powerful now than almost 50 years ago.... Read more
Rod Steiger is simply superb here delivering a career defining performance of a Jewish Pawnshop owner coming to terms with his memories of WW2. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Walsh
This is truly a great film. One must see this film before one dies.Published 6 months ago by Damian Cano
As good as I remember it from the 60s. First US film dealing with the Holocaust. First US first dealing with breast nudity.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4 1/2 stars: I never saw this movie at the time of its initial release, so it's long past time -- 50 years -- that I caught up with it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stanley Crowe