Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night) earned a Best Actor Oscar® 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).
1966 Academy Awards® Nominee Rod Steiger: Best Actor In A Leading Roll
1966 Golden Globes Nominee Rod Steiger: Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama
1966 DGA (Director’s Guild Award) Nominee Sidney Lumet: Outstanding Directorial Achievement In Motion Pictures
1966 WGA (Writer’s Guild Award) Winner Morton S. Fine & David Friedkin: Best Written American Drama
1967 Bafta Awards Rod Steiger – Winner: Best Foreign Actor Sidney Lumet – Un Award Nominee
1964 Berlin Film Festival Rod Steiger – Winner: Best Actor (Silver Berlin Bear) Sidney Lumet – Winner (Fipresci Prize) Sidney Lumet – Nominee (Golden Berlin Bear)