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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 »

Director:

Ted Kotcheff

Writers:

Mordecai Richler (screenplay), Mordecai Richler (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Dreyfuss ... Duddy
Micheline Lanctôt ... Yvette
Jack Warden ... Max
Randy Quaid ... Virgil
Joseph Wiseman ... Uncle Benjy
Denholm Elliott ... Friar
Henry Ramer ... Dingleman
Joe Silver ... Farber
Zvee Scooler Zvee Scooler ... Grandfather
Robert Goodier Robert Goodier ... Calder
Alan Rosenthal Alan Rosenthal ... Lennie (as Allan Rosenthal)
Barry Baldaro Barry Baldaro ... Paddy
Allan Kolman ... Irwin (as Allan Migicovsky)
Barry Pascal Barry Pascal ... Bernie Farber
Susan Friedman Susan Friedman ... Linda
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1974 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

L'apprentissage de Duddy Kravitz See more »

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Budget:

CAD 910,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Richard Dreyfuss, he believed his performance in this film was so bad that his career would be over when it was released. This fear caused him to aggressively pursue the role of Matt Hooper in Jaws (1975). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Mademoiselle from Armentieres
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Arranged by Stanley Myers
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Strident, overlong comedy-drama only notable for its breakout star...
30 October 2005 | by moonspinner55See 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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