Ted KotcheffCanada120 minutes1974ColourEnglish
Richard Dreyfuss had a breakthrough role as Mordecai Richler's hustler hero in this hit comedy-drama, one of the finest and funniest accounts of the Jewish experience in Canada.
Ted Kotcheff's adaptation of Mordecai Richler's novel (scripted by the author himself) is one of the finest and funniest accounts of the Jewish experience in Canada. Richard Dreyfuss is ideal as Richler's hustler hero Duddy, who is at once boyishly appealing and utterly ruthless in his determination to make his landowning dreams a reality. While working at a summer resort, Duddy spots a piece of land he's sure will fit the bill; but getting hold of it may require him to cut a deal with a legendary local gangster, and hurt the people closest to him — including his only real friend Virgil (Randy Quaid) and his girlfriend Julie (Micheline Lanctôt) — in the bargain. Wonderfully acted by the leads and the rest of the marvellous cast (which includes Jack Warden, Joseph Wiseman, Denholm Elliott and Joe Silver), The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz remains one of the most important and best-loved Canadian films of its era.