The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)

Richard Dreyfuss put himself on the map with his performance in this movie about how ambition and greed can drive someone at the expense of his own happiness. Duddy Kravitz (Dreyfuss) is an 18-year-old Jewish kid from Montreal whose mother… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
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Eric Hynes
Time Out

What makes The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz great is also what makes it exasperating-namely its nonjudgmental dedication to the character's point of view, petty amoralities and all.

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Andrew Pulver

Dreyfuss would go on to bigger things, but not all of them better.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

An alternately sad and hilarious movie of dreams rampant.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

OK, but very dated, early Richard Dreyfuss. It DID put him on the map, however.

Katherine Monk

Ted Kotcheff's adaptation of Mordecai Richler's CanLit classic brought a hint of Hollywood to the wilderness of Canadian cinema, blazing a trail for the next generation of storytellers looking to bring a slightly different eye to the Canadian experience.

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Emanuel Levy

Richard Dreyfuss gives a compelling performance as a youngster determined to get out of the Jewish Montreal ghetto in Kotcheff's drama based on the memoirs of Mordecai Richler.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
It was quite a coup to get Dreyfuss for the role. I can't imagine anyone else doing as effective a job.
Stephen Earnest
Considered one of the greats of Canadian cinema, "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" is a modest effort from director Ted Kotcheff that details the… More
Wu Chouin
Dreyfuss looks really young and he's great in this. Interesting rise and fall kinda film.