The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz


(out of 5)

 appears in an early starring role of this quirky film version of Mordecai Richler’s popular novel. He plays the son of working-class Jewish parents in Montreal who is absolutely determined to make something of himself in life, though he’s not entirely sure what. While working at a summer resort to make money, he meets a lovely girl (, lovely) with whom he starts an affair. His plucky personality leads him to such ventures as pinball machines and drug trafficking until eventually he starts making home movies for Bar Mitzvahs. Also starring , this one is an interesting and enjoyable experience peppered with a few laughs here and there, but not as satisfying as reading Richler’s work itself.

Canada, 1974

Directed by

Screenplay by , adaptation by , based on the novel by Mordecai Richler

Cinematography by

Produced by

Production Design by

Costume Design by , ,

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Berlin 1974

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Writing (Screenplay Adapted From Other Material) (Screenplay by Mordecai Richler; adaptation by Lionel Chetwynd)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film (Canada)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actor (Richard Dreyfuss)

Berlin Film Festival Award
Golden Berlin Bear

Writers Guild Award
Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium



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