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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Uncle Benjy
Henry Ramer ...
Joe Silver ...
Zvee Scooler ...
Robert Goodier ...
Alan Rosenthal ...
Lennie (as Allan Rosenthal)
Barry Baldaro ...
Allan Kolman ...
Irwin (as Allan Migicovsky)
Barry Pascal ...
Bernie Farber
Susan Friedman ...


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 »


References A Slight Case of Murder (1938) See more »


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annoying character still compelling
22 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Duddy Kravitz (Richard Dreyfuss) is a hustling young Jewish man living in a working class Montreal neighborhood. His older brother medical student Lenny is the favorite of his father Max (Jack Warden) and his rich uncle Benjy. His grandfather's mantra is "a man without land is nobody" and sees every man in the family including himself as failures. He works a summer job at a Jewish resort hotel. He falls for the French Canadian maid named Yvette (Micheline Lanctôt). The other waiters from McGill University led by Irwin look down on the lower class Duddy. While on a picnic with Yvette, he decides to buy the land around a beautiful lake and build his own hotel resort. She would need to front the deal since the owners would probably be unwilling to sell to a Jew.

Duddy is a money grubbing Jew character and he's somewhat annoying. His obsession is also understandable and fascinating. It's wrapped up with daddy issues. I don't root for his quest but it is still compelling. This is a nice slice of an era as well as an interesting coming of age story. The production is adequate and Dreyfuss delivers a good performance.

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