The Pawnbroker
  • Directors(s)

    Sidney Lumet

  • Production Year

    1964

  • Genre(s)

    Drama

  • Approx. running minutes

    116m

  • Cast

    Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters

Film

The Pawnbroker

sexualised nudity, sexual threat

THE PAWNBROKER is a drama following a Jewish man who survived a concentration camp and now lives as a pawnbroker in America.

  • Directors(s)

    Sidney Lumet

  • Production Year

    1964

  • Genre(s)

    Drama

  • Approx. running minutes

    116m

  • Cast

    Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters

nudity

There is a sequence of sexualised nudity in which a woman takes off her dress, revealing her breasts, and asks a man to look at her body with the intention of having sex with him for money. This nudity is shown for some time and is interspersed with flashbacks of naked women in a concentration camp. There is also sight of a drawing of a nude woman in one sequence.

sexual violence and sexual threat

There is a flashback sequence in which female prisoners are taunted by the guards at the concentration camp, with the guards laughing as they roughly wash a woman's body. In another scene, prison guards enter rooms where women sit or lie on beds, with the implication that the women will be forced to have sex with the guards.


There is use of discriminatory language including 'kike'. In one scene a character questions another character's description of a man as a 'creature' by asking if he's used that term because the man in question in black. He replies "I'm non-discriminatory, non-sectarian. Black white or yellow, they're all equally scum, rejects." There is no endorsement or glamorisation of such language or opinions. There is moderate injury detail in the film, including sight of blood after characters are attacked. There are references to a 'whorehouse', and occasional smoking within a historical context. There are flashbacks throughout the film to the life and hardships of prisoners in the concentration camp, with many such flashbacks shown as brief images or footage interspersed with the contemporary narrative, appearing similar to flash frames.
  • Classified date

    16/08/2021

  • Language

    English