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Director Ted Kotcheff discusses his acclaimed adaptation of Mordecai Richler's coming-of-age classic about a charming young Jewish hustler trying to make a name for himself in 1950s Montreal.
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- Ted Kotcheff
- Ted Kotcheff has directed a variety of iconic films covering most filmmaking genres, ranging from his classic early film The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, which launched his career and that of Richard Dreyfuss, to Uncommon Valor starring Gene Hackman — ranked with Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Coming Home and The Deer Hunter among the great film statements on the Vietnam War. His comedies include Fun with Dick and Jane, starring Jane Fonda and George Segal; Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, with Jacqueline Bisset and George Segal; and the enormously popular Weekend at Bernie's. His First Blood initiated and defined the Rambo series, and his feature North Dallas Forty, which he wrote and directed, is considered one of the greatest sports films of all time. For 12 years and 270 episodes, Kotcheff was also the executive producer of the highly successful TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.