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48 Ratings

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Directed by Ted Kotcheff
Canada, 1974
Comedy, Drama


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.

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The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Directed by Ted Kotcheff

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1974 | Winner: Golden Berlin Bear

Academy Awards

1975 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Adapted From Other Material

Writers Guild of America

1975 | Winner: Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Critics reviews

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. Canadian director Ted Kotcheff, who went on to helm Hollywood plums like First Blood,uses Duddy’s abrasive charisma to illuminate the motivations and pitfalls of postwar Jewish enterprise, where self-ownership in a gentile’s world can feel like an act of vengeance.
May 28, 2013
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