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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)

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 ...
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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 <ipiedmon@indiana.edu>

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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)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christine Lahti designated this film and "Long Day's Journey into Night" as her all-time favorites in an AFI poll. 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 »


Mademoiselle from Armentieres
Arranged by Stanley Myers
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Strident, overlong comedy-drama only notable for its breakout star...
30 October 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Critically-lauded, but gloppy-looking, abrasive coming-of-age story about a Jewish kid in 1940's Montreal who hustles his way out of the ghetto. Richard Dreyfuss snuck this in between "American Graffitti" and "Jaws", but his performance is one-note and not very appealing (the film did poor business, and when it premiered on HBO, after Dreyfuss attained success, no one knew where the picture came from). Supporting cast (Jack Warden, Randy Quaid, and Denholm Elliott among them) fair a bit better, but director Ted Kotcheff seems more interested in creating a realistically squalid atmosphere rather than concentrating on building reasonably enjoyable characters. Screenplay by Mordecai Richler, from his own novel, sets up the pieces but provides very little pay-off. *1/2 from ****

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