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      The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

      PG 1974 2h 1m Comedy Drama List
      93% Tomatometer 15 Reviews 73% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Duddy Kravitz (Richard Dreyfuss) lives in the shadow of his brother, whom his father, Max (Jack Warden), and his Uncle Benjy (Joseph Wiseman) are helping to put through medical school. Seeking to rise above his family's poverty, Duddy aspires to purchase and develop lakefront land near the hotel resort he is working at in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains. But Duddy's quest to make something of himself reveals a harsh determination to do whatever he has to in order to make his dream a reality. Read More Read Less

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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. Rated: 4/5 May 28, 2013 Full Review Andrew Pulver Guardian Dreyfuss would go on to bigger things, but not all of them better. Rated: 4/5 May 24, 2013 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times It's a little too sloppy, and occasionally too obvious, to qualify as a great film, but it's a good and entertaining one, and it leaves us thinking that Duddy Kravitz might amount to something after all, should he ever grow up. Rated: 3/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The caffeinated performance by Richard Dreyfuss captures not so much the snake-oil-salesman seediness of such a character but, more crucially, the eager-beaver earnestness that attracts others. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2024 Full Review John Simon Esquire Magazine The film has going for it a well-observed milieu, a rich gallery of colorful locals, and a wealth of incident that sometimes gets out of hand. Jul 28, 2020 Full Review John Hofsess Maclean's Magazine If acting alone could save Duddy Kravitz, it would be a good film, but acting cannot save a story as thin and threadbare as this. Feb 10, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Blobbo X Engrossing character study. (Character not always finest.) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/10/24 Full Review Mark A Richard Dreyfuss is awesome! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Great story . Good cast . My favourite Dreyfuss movie Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/21 Full Review Audience Member First time seeing this movie, I had read and enjoyed the book in high school. Set and shot in Montreal, it's very much a Canadian film. Richard Dreyfuss looks so young here, and it's only a few years before he did "Jaws". There's also a very young Randy Quaid who recently go in trouble in Montreal. Worth a watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member I didn't like it at all, I found it rushed, annoying and rather stale. Dreyfus put in a valiant effort but the dull storytelling made his portrayal seem out of place. The entire screenplay felt forged from the novel due to the fact that mordecai Richler was hired to screen write. I think in order for the film to reach a fresher standard, a new input is needed and more originality crafted. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Considered one of the greats of Canadian cinema, "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" is a modest effort from director Ted Kotcheff that details the rise and fall of a young Jewish kid whose aspirations and greed end up cutting him off from his friends and family. One of the reasons why "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz" is so successful is because of how it remains indifferent to the actions of its titular character, never showing him in a negative light even when it's clear that what he's doing isn't exactly morally sound. The performances are all brilliant, especially from Richard Dreyfuss, Jack Warden, Barry Pascal and Denhom Elliot, and overall, the film is an exceptional tale of how greed can fulfill one's dreams while simultaneously destroying everything else in their lives. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Duddy Kravitz (Richard Dreyfuss) lives in the shadow of his brother, whom his father, Max (Jack Warden), and his Uncle Benjy (Joseph Wiseman) are helping to put through medical school. Seeking to rise above his family's poverty, Duddy aspires to purchase and develop lakefront land near the hotel resort he is working at in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains. But Duddy's quest to make something of himself reveals a harsh determination to do whatever he has to in order to make his dream a reality.
      Director
      Ted Kotcheff
      Producer
      John Kemeny
      Screenwriter
      Mordecai Richler
      Production Co
      Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      May 22, 2012
      Runtime
      2h 1m