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What makes The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz great is also what makes it exasperating-namely its nonjudgmental dedication to the character's point of view, petty amoralities and all.
Dreyfuss would go on to bigger things, but not all of them better.
It's a little too sloppy, and occasionally too obvious, to qualify as a great film, but it's a good and entertaining one, and it leaves us thinking that Duddy Kravitz might amount to something after all, should he ever grow up.
An alternately sad and hilarious movie of dreams rampant.
Ted Kotcheff's adaptation of Mordecai Richler's CanLit classic brought a hint of Hollywood to the wilderness of Canadian cinema, blazing a trail for the next generation of storytellers looking to bring a slightly different eye to the Canadian experience.
OK, but very dated, early Richard Dreyfuss. It DID put him on the map, however.
Richard Dreyfuss gives a compelling performance as a youngster determined to get out of the Jewish Montreal ghetto in Kotcheff's drama based on the memoirs of Mordecai Richler.
Considered one of the greats of Canadian cinema, "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" is a modest effort from director Ted Kotcheff that details the rise and fall of a young Jewish kid whose aspirations and greed end up cutting him off from his friends and family. One of the reasons why "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" is so successful is because of how it remains indifferent to the actions of its titular character, never showing him in a negative light even when it's clear that what he's doing isn't exactly morally sound. The performances are all brilliant, especially from Richard Dreyfuss, Jack Warden, Barry Pascal and Denhom Elliot, and overall, the film is an exceptional tale of how greed can fulfill one's dreams while simultaneously destroying everything else in their lives.
Dreyfuss looks really young and he's great in this. Interesting rise and fall kinda film.
It was quite a coup to get Dreyfuss for the role. I can't imagine anyone else doing as effective a job.
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