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Rod Steiger Rod Steiger
Sol Nazerman
Geraldine Fitzgerald Geraldine Fitzgerald
Marilyn Birchfield
Brock Peters Brock Peters
Rodriguez
Jaime Sánchez Jaime Sánchez
Jesus Ortiz
Juano Hernandez Juano Hernandez
Mr. Smith
Linda Geiser Linda Geiser
Ruth Nazerman


Written by
David Friedkin David Friedkin
(screenplay)


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Description: 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 belo ... (more)
Release date: 20 April 1965
UPC: 017153145878
Tags: Drama (4), 1960s (4), WWII (3), Nazis (3), Torture (2), Holocaust (2), 1964 (2), Concentration Camp (2), Nazi (1), 1965 (1), World War II (1), Melodrama (1)
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