Dreyfuss, a zealous Jewish boy determined to become rich in the world, loses all personal contact with women, friends, and family in his desperate business transactions. A strong, often very funny film that points out the potential emotional loss in the pressure to succeed put on the young
by families. Not anti-Semitic, the film means to point out the corruption of youth and the power of greed in all young people, not the Jews alone, although the film did receive many negative reactions from Jewish groups, as did the book it is based on. Dreyfuss, who later went on to become one of
the better-known faces of the 1970s, turns in an early great performance, making Dud...