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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.

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Cast

Joseph Wiseman
as Uncle Benjamin
Henry Ramer
as Dingleman
Joe Silver
as Farber
Zvee Scooler
as Grandfather
Barry Pascal
as Bernie Farber
Judith Gault
as Tarty Woman
Jacques Durette
as Bodyguard
Edward Resmini
as Bernie Altman
Norman Taviss
as Grandfather Farber
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Critic Reviews for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

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
Top Critic

An alternately sad and hilarious movie of dreams rampant.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 16, 2015
Ex-Press.com

Dreyfuss would go on to bigger things, but not all of them better.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Guardian

OK, but very dated, early Richard Dreyfuss. It DID put him on the map, however.

December 23, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

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.

Full Review… | August 7, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

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

Between a 7/10 and 8/10, 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.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

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

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer

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