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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)




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Richard Dreyfuss put himself on the map with his performance in this movie about how ambition and greed can drive someone at the expense of his own happiness. Duddy Kravitz (Dreyfuss) is an 18-year-old Jewish kid from Montreal whose mother is dead, and whose father drives a cab and does a little pimping on the side to pay the bills and send Duddy's older brother to medical school. Duddy has bigger dreams, and he does everything from producing films of bar mitzvahs to attempting to buy real estate to (unknowingly) smuggling heroin in order to strike it rich. Along the way, however, he alienates his girlfriend, drives his grandfather to despair, loses all his friends, and even paralyzes his best employee, while making himself more and more miserable. Duddy's desire to be a success is easy to understand, which makes this potentially unlikable character forgivable, and the film's gallery of details and characters adds realism and energy to the story. ~ Don Kaye, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
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Written By: Mordechai Richler, Lionel Chetwynd
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Joseph Wiseman
as Uncle Benjy
Barry Pascal
as Bernie Farber
Jacques Durette
as Bodyguard
Judith Gault
as Tarty Woman
Norman Taviss
as Grandfather Farber
Henry Ramer
as Dingleman
Joe Silver
as Farber
Zvee Scooler
as Grandfather
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Critic Reviews for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | May 28, 2013
Time Out
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An alternately sad and hilarious movie of dreams rampant.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

It was quite a coup to get Dreyfuss for the role. I can't imagine anyone else doing as effective a job.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer


Dreyfuss looks really young and he's great in this. Interesting rise and fall kinda film.

Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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