The Big Lebowski

March 6th, 1998

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The Big Lebowski

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"Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 8.2/10 (243,567 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Director: Joel Coen

Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude.

Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Jeff Bridges - Jeffrey Lebowski - The Dude
John Goodman - Walter Sobchak
Julianne Moore - Maude Lebowski
Steve Buscemi - Theodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos
David Huddleston - Jeffrey Lebowski - The Big Lebowski
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Brandt
Tara Reid - Bunny Lebowski
Philip Moon - Woo, Treehorn Thug
Mark Pellegrino - Blond Treehorn Thug
Peter Stormare - Nihilist #1, Uli Kunkel / 'Karl Hungus'
Flea - Nihilist #2, Kieffer
Torsten Voges - Nihilist #3, Franz
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Smokey
Jack Kehler - Marty
John Turturro - Jesus Quintana

Taglines: It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated... and they'd really rather be bowling.

Release Date: 6 March 1998

Filming Locations: 1824 Stearns Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,533,844 (USA) (8 March 1998) (1207 Screens)

Gross: $17,451,873 (USA)

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Did You Know?

Recipe for making a White Russian: 2 parts vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa) and 1 part cream. Served with ice in a low ball glass.

Continuity: The first time The Dude's answering machine message is heard it says "leave a message after the beep, it takes a minute." Then there is a long pause before it beeps and Maude Lebowski leaves a message. When The Dude is smoking in his bathtub, LAPD calls and the same message is heard, but there is no delay before the beep.

[first lines]
The Stranger: [voiceover] Way out west there was this fella... fella I wanna tell ya about. Fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least that was the handle his loving parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. Mr. Lebowski, he called himself "The Dude". Now...

User Review

You can watch it a million times, and yet, it will never get old

Rating: 10/10

The Big Lebowski is the type of movie that is so funny, and so clever, you want nothing more but to meet the Coen brothers, congratulate them personally for their unique talent, and get inside their heads and find out what makes these two geniuses "tick". The main characters are Jeff Bridges (who plays such broad roles like The Muse, The Contender, and Sea Biscuit), John Goodman (who should have won an oscar for best supporting actor for his character, Walter Sobchak)Juliane Moore (Maude Lebowski)and Steve Buscemi (who is unique in every Coen Brother movie).

The first time I saw this movie, I will admit that I enjoyed it, but did not fully appreciate its level of humor and raw talent. I thought the middle section was a bit too depressing and long. But trust me, this is a movie that gets more funny every time you see it, even if it's your thousandth time seeing it. Its level of comedy, action, brutality, and vulgarity become that much more evident and important.

The characters are brilliantly written by the coen brothers, and, likewise, are brilliantly portrayed by the actors. The Big Lebowski is like no other film. It will make you laugh and it will make you cry. There is no other film such as TBL that is sharp and witty all the way through. One of the Joel and Ethan Coen's best, and one of the movie industry's best comedic film of all time. You want to go see this flick.

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