The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Director: Ted Kotcheff Year: 1974 Run Time: 120min
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (L'apprentissage de Duddy Kravitz) (1974)

Based on Mordecai Richler’s beloved novel, the film charts the rise of young Duddy Kravitz (Dreyfuss), a brash, working-class Jewish kid from Montreal, determined to make a name for himself — no matter what it takes. Taking to heart his grandfather’s advice that “a man without land is nothing,” Duddy gets involved in a series of get-rich-quick schemes in order to purchase a lakeshore property in the Laurentian mountains.

As his business ventures backfire in different ways, Duddy must come to terms with the fact that he’s attaining his goals at the expense of something more important — friendship and love. Both funny and touching, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is a true Canadian classic.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, and won Film of the Year at the Canadian Film Awards.


Ted Kotcheff


Lionel Chetwynd, Mordecai Richler


John Kemeny


Richard Dreyfuss, Micheline Lanctôt, Jack Warden, Randy Quaid


Comedy, Drama


English, Dubbed in French


EN Subtitles

Closed Captioning:

Dubbed in French, EN CC


The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is filmed and set in Quebec. Ted Kotcheff is from Ontario.

Ratings by Province:

A Alberta
NR British Columbia
14A Manitoba
14 New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
14 Nova Scotia
A Northwest Territories
A Nunavut
PG Ontario
14 Prince Edward Island
13+ Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon