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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.

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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 »

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Referenced in Parasite Memories: The Making of 'Shivers' (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Saints Go Marching In
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Arranged by Stanley Myers
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Oddly Entertaining
14 September 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

The younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz (Richard Dreyfuss) yearns to make a name for himself in society..

We start with the idea: "A man without land is nobody." From there, we get to a surreal Bar Mitzvah film, a pinball business, assorted other ventures and possible scams... all so Duddy can buy up some farmland, which he does under another name because he thinks farmers will not sell to Jewish people (although this is not clearly explained).

"Duddy Kravitz" has an important place in Canadian film history because it was the most commercially successful Canadian film ever made at the time of its release, and has thus been described as a 'coming of age' for Canadian cinema. One wonders how things have changed, because it seems that today (2017) Vancouver is one of the most-filmed cities in the world.


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