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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 ... 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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Details

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:

CAD910,000 (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 »

Quotes

Duddy: That's funny, last time I spoke to you, you couldn't raise four thousand dollars, remember sonny?
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Connections

Features Blondie (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 in c minor, Op. 67
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Arranged by Andrew Powell
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Too Bad!
30 July 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee 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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