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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 April 1974 (Canada)
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The younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz yearns to make a name for himself in society. This film chronicles his short and dubious rise to power, as well ... See full summary »



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The younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz yearns to make a name for himself in society. This film chronicles his short and dubious rise to power, as well as his changing relationships with family and friends. Along the way the film explores the themes of anti-semitism and the responsibilities which come with adulthood. Written by Isabel Piedmont <>

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There's a little bit of Duddy Kravitz in everyone.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

11 April 1974 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

L'apprentissage de Duddy Kravitz  »

Box Office


CAD 910,000 (estimated)


SEK 3,308,255 (Sweden)

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In the opening scene, the school cadets march behind a Union Flag which dates the story at prior to 1965 [when the Maple Leaf replaced the British flag]. See more »


Although film is set in early Fifties, in scene immediately following roulette game, logo on Pepsi-Cola sign outside café dates from much later - late Fifties or early Sixties. See more »


Spoofed in Love and Death (1975) See more »


Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Andrew Powell
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Too Bad!
30 July 2005 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

Am I a jerk or what? I loved Duddy Kravitz. Even though he's a back stabbing, robbing crook of a shmuck, who has every right to be despised, I wound up rooting for him anyways. Do I feel guilty? Absolutely not! And here's why. Richard Dreyfuss.

Based on Mordechai Richler's novel about growing up in 1950's Montreal. He's got the world coming to him. Well, at least he thinks he does. Quick to take advantage of every opportunity thrown at him, sometimes he gets way over his head, but that doesn't let him down for long, for soon he's after his next big score. Whether it be independent movies. Pinball, or a giant lakeside property.

My god, Richard Dreyfuss is the heart and soul of this movie. I am clearly lacking any idea of who else could have pulled this performance off so flawlessly. The supporting cast, including Micheline Lanctôt, Jack Warden, and, in a stunning performance, Randy Quaid, are all great. But Dreyfuss just steamrolls over them, literally and figuratively.

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