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The Pawnbroker VHS

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4.3 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez, Thelma Oliver
  • Directors: Sidney Lumet
  • Writers: David Friedkin, Edward Lewis Wallant, Morton S. Fine
  • Producers: Joseph Manduke, Philip Langner, Roger H. Lewis, Worthington Miner
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English, German, Spanish
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: October 14, 1997
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 078200833X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,245 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on a novel by Edward Lewis Wallant, this gritty story follows Sol (Rod Steiger in a breakout performance), a lonely camp survivor who has dealt with the destruction of his family by suppressing all emotion and cleaving to the philosophy that nothing matters except money. (His bedridden and dying friend Mendel describes him, to his face, as "the walking dead.") Sol cannot accept the friendship of his assistant, Ortiz (Jaime Sanchez), or of an equally lonely widow (Geraldine Fitzgerald). As the 25th anniversary of his wife's murder approaches, he starts to fall apart, and it becomes clear that what he really wants is to die. The film was considered shocking when first released, both because of its rawness and because of brief nudity. Time has made some of the dramatic touches seem melodramatic--especially the corny "blood on my hands!" final scene. But Steiger's performance is still remarkable, and, even after MTV, the sudden-flashback editing is a forceful technique. A high point of Sidney Lumet's career. Black and white, with lots of atmospheric trumpets by Quincy Jones. --Richard Farr


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