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They figured he was a lazy, time-wasting slacker. They were right. See more »
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Bridges ... The Dude

John Goodman ... Walter Sobchak

Julianne Moore ... Maude Lebowski

Steve Buscemi ... Theodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos

David Huddleston ... 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
James G. Hoosier ... Liam O'Brien, Quintana's Partner

Carlos Leon ... Maude's Thug #1
Terrence Burton ... Maude's Thug #2 (as Terrance Burton)

Richard Gant ... Older Cop

Christian Clemenson ... Younger Cop

Dom Irrera ... Tony the Chauffeur
Gérard L'Heureux ... Lebowski's Chauffeur (as Gerard L'Heureux)

David Thewlis ... Knox Harrington

Lu Elrod ... Coffee Shop Waitress

Mike Gomez ... Auto Circus Cop (as Michael Gomez)

Peter Siragusa ... Gary the Bartender

Sam Elliott ... The Stranger

Marshall Manesh ... Doctor

Harry Bugin ... Arthur Digby Sellers
Jesse Flanagan ... Little Larry Sellers
Irene Olga López ... Pilar, Sellers' Housekeeper (as Irene Olga Lopez)

Luis Colina ... Corvette Owner

Ben Gazzara ... Jackie Treehorn

Leon Russom ... Malibu Police Chief
Ajgie Kirkland ... Cab Driver

Jon Polito ... Da Fino

Aimee Mann ... Nihilist Woman, Franz's Girlfriend
Jerry Haleva ... Saddam Hussein

Jennifer Lamb ... Pancake Waitress

Warren Keith ... Francis Donnelly, Funeral Director (as Warren David Keith)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wendy Braun ... Chorine Dancer (uncredited)

Asia Carrera ... Sherry in 'Logjammin' (uncredited)

Kiva Dawson ... Dancer (uncredited)

Jeff Dowd ... Bowler (uncredited)

Robin Johnson ... Checker at Ralph's (uncredited)

Anthony J Sacco ... Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Joel Coen 
Ethan Coen (uncredited)
Writing credits
Ethan Coen (written by) &
Joel Coen (written by)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
John Cameron .... co-producer
Ethan Coen .... producer
Eric Fellner .... executive producer
Joel Coen .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins 
Film Editing by
Ethan Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Joel Coen  (as Roderick Jaynes)
Tricia Cooke 
Casting by
John S. Lyons 
Production Design by
Rick Heinrichs 
Art Direction by
John Dexter 
Set Decoration by
Chris L. Spellman 
Costume Design by
Mary Zophres 
Makeup Department
Jean Ann Black .... makeup supervisor
Daniel Curet .... key hair stylist
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist: Mr. Bridges
Selina Jayne .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Lori McCoy-Bell .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Myke Michaels .... special makeup effects designer (uncredited)
Production Management
John Cameron .... unit production manager
Jane Frazer .... executive in charge of production
Gilly Ruben .... production supervisor
Charlie Vogel .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Conte Mark Matal .... key second assistant director
Donald Murphy .... second second assistant director
Jeff Rafner .... first assistant director
Art Department
Karen Agresti .... co-leadperson
J. Todd Anderson .... storyboard artist
Lori Ashcraft .... art department coordinator
David Boucher .... propmaker foreman
Mariko Braswell .... set designer
Lisa A. Corbin .... on-set dresser
Matt Dessero .... paint artist
Douglas DeWaay .... propmaker gang boss (as Douglas Dewaay)
Beth Emerson .... set dresser
Susan Evans .... paint artist
Anthony Gaudio .... head painter
Mark Haber .... propmaker gang boss
Aaron J. Harney .... propmaker gang boss
Franklin R. Healy .... propmaker foreman
Brett Hernandez .... propmaker gang boss
Philip C. Hurst .... greensman
Ritchie Kremer .... property master
Tim R. Lafferty .... construction coordinator (as Tim Lafferty)
Carolyn Lassek .... property handler
Sydney Ann Lunn .... art department assistant
Wayne Nycz .... painter foreman
Gary Osborn .... painter foreman
Tim Park .... set dresser
Ron Patterson .... assistant property master
Steve Powell .... propmaker gang boss
John Railton .... stand-by painter
Charles Reyes .... labor foreman
Bradford Richardson .... graphic designer
Tim Snowber .... lead person
Phillip Vargas .... labor gang boss
Kathleen Walker .... construction estimator
Larry Wise .... tool man
Bruce G. Smith .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Samuel J. Tell .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... re-recording mixer
Allan Byer .... production sound mixer
Benjamin Cheah .... foley supervisor
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Rick Freeman .... dialogue editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound effects editor
Bradford L. Hohle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Kenton Jakub .... adr editor
Frank Kern .... foley editor
Peter F. Kurland .... boom operator
Skip Lievsay .... re-recording mixer
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Kimberly R. McCord-Wilson .... assistant sound editor (as Kimberly R. McCord)
Igor Nicholich .... apprentice sound editor
Bruce Pross .... foley mixer
Will Ralston .... foley editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Sam Sarkar .... utility sound technician
Wyatt Sprague .... assistant sound editor
Magdaline Volaitis .... dialogue editor
Keenan Wyatt .... boom operator
Allan Zaleski .... apprentice sound editor
Special Effects by
Peter Chesney .... mechanical effects designer
Tom Chesney .... special effects foreman
Roderic 'Mick' Duff .... special effects foreman
Chris Nelson .... effects technician
Rick Bongiovanni .... effects crew: Sticks & Stones (uncredited)
Blaine Converse .... special effects production coordinator (uncredited)
Karl Nettmann .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Alan Roberts .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Daren Rouse .... special effects technician (uncredited)
J.D. Streett .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John Alagna .... opticals (as John Alagua)
Travis Baumann .... compositing artist
Robert Chapin .... 3D digital artist
David Fuhrer .... digital artist: CFC
Janos Pilenyi .... opticals
Katie Scheid .... digital paint artist (as Katie Hecker)
Donovan Scott .... compositing artist
Janek Sirrs .... visual effects supervisor
Janet Yale .... visual effects producer
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital compositor: Sassoon Film Design (uncredited)
Dylan Carter .... digital compositor: CFC (uncredited)
Loyd Catlett .... stunts
Vince Deadrick Jr. .... stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Jennifer Lamb .... stunts
Jennifer Badger .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Danny Downey .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeffrey Eith .... stunts (uncredited)
Gilley Grey .... stunts (uncredited)
Cinda-Lin James .... stunt double: Julianne Moore (uncredited)
Kathy Jarvis .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Aubry .... rigging grip
Martin Bosworth .... rigging gaffer
Tony Boura .... grip
Jeremy Braben .... aerial assistant camera
Craig A. Brink .... rigging electrician
Kevin Brown .... rigging electrician
Alan Colbert .... assistant chief lighting technician
Ed Dally .... camera loader
Jerry Day .... key rigging grip
David Diamond .... rigging electrician
Charlie Edwards .... grip
Jimmy Ellis .... rigging electrician
Alan Frazier .... assistant chief lighting technician
Jenifer Galvez .... rigging electrician
Adam Gilmore .... second assistant camera
Ron Goodman .... aerial camera operator
Bill Green .... rigging best boy grip
Bruce Hamme .... dolly grip
Andy Harris .... first assistant camera
Brad Heiner .... rigging grip
Roman Jakobi .... electrician
Robert King .... rigging grip
Wayne Kosky .... second company grip
Alvaro Martinez .... rigging grip
Ted Morris .... camera operator
Merrick Morton .... still photographer
Bill O'Leary .... lighting consultant
Les Percy .... first company grip
Chris Reddish .... rigging best boy electric
Dave Sale .... aerial assistant camera
Jonathon E. Salzman .... electrician (as Jon Salzman)
Charles Smith .... grip
Duncan M. Sobel .... electrician
R. Michael Stringer .... rigging grip
Martin Weight .... video assist operator
Abbe Wool .... electrician
John Bonnin .... crane operator: Akela crane (uncredited)
Jeffrey De La Rosa .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Mike Gerzevitz .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Steve Kagan .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Steve Kagan .... rigging electric (uncredited)
George Lozano Jr. .... electrician (uncredited)
Alexandre Naufel .... set lighting (uncredited)
Eric Sagot .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Charles Schner .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Cricket Sloat .... dimmer board operator (uncredited)
Chris Weigand .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Chuck Whelan .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Animation Department
Kathy Kelehan .... animation producer
Daniel Leung .... computer animator
Matt McDonald .... computer animator
Gray Miller .... computer animator
Amit Sethi .... computer animator
Casting Department
Fonda Anita .... extras casting assistant
Jenna Dupree .... casting assistant
Cecily Jordan .... extras casting coordinator
Wendy Weidman .... casting associate
Charles Matthews .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Virginia Burton .... set costumer (as Virginia Skeffens-Burton)
Cookie Lopez .... key set costumer
Sonya Ooten .... assistant costume designer
Pamela Withers .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Karyn Anonia .... apprentice editor
Alex Belth .... assistant editor
David Diliberto .... associate editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Lisa Mozden .... assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Anne Pope .... transfer assistant editor
George Carlston .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Location Management
Val Burnley .... location assistant (as Valerie Jo Burnley)
Chris Fuentes .... location assistant
Robert Graf .... location manager
Kim Jordan .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Spring Aspers .... music coordinator
T Bone Burnett .... musical archivist (as T-Bone Burnett)
Carter Burwell .... orchestrator
Emile Charlap .... music coordinator
Missy Cohen .... associate music editor
Michael Farrow .... music engineer
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Sonny Kompanek .... orchestrator: original music
Brian L. McCarty .... music playback operator
Manish Raval .... music coordinator
Dawn Soler .... executive in charge of music: PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Happy Walters .... music supervisor
Tom Wolfe .... music coordinator
Jim Keltner .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Butch Norton .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Cain .... driver: production van
Dennis Junt .... driver: honeywagon
Anthony K. Riedel .... driver: production van
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation captain (as Tim Ryan)
Jerry Smith .... driver
Don Tardino .... transportation coordinator
Thomas Vilardo .... transportation captain
Derek Wade .... transportation estimator
Elaine Patarini .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Melissa Aggeles .... dancer
Karyn Anonia .... production goddess
Barry Asher .... bowling consultant
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Clement Baque .... caterer
Barry Beaulac .... effects technician
Lilli Birdsell .... dancer
Lisa C. Boltauzer .... dancer
Julie Bond .... dancer
Aillene Laure Bubis .... accounting production assistant
Rashid Chinchanwala .... financial consultant
Karen Christenberry .... dancer
Pattie Cooke .... baby wrangler
Holly Copeland .... dancer
Rita Lisa Danao .... set production assistant
Kiva Dawson .... dancer
Tammy R. Dickson .... set production assistant
Patricia Douglas .... assistant: Mr. Goodman
Juliette Dow .... assistant: Mr. Bevan
Elizabeth A. Eaton .... dancer
Gregg Edler .... production coordinator
Tom Elkins .... assistant production coordinator
Lindsay Fellenbaum .... dancer
Thomas W. Foster .... first aid
Jennifer S. Garett .... dancer
Amelia Granger .... assistant: Mr. Fellner
Jamie Green .... dancer
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach
Rachel Holroyd .... legal advisor
Marty Houston .... office assistant
Larry Kaplan .... publicist
Ken Kells .... stand-in
Nina Khoshaba .... company coordinator
Laurel Kitten .... dancer
Gary Kramer .... craft service
T. Kukovinski .... script supervisor
Bill Landrum .... choreographer
Jacqui Landrum .... choreographer
Jacqui Landrum .... dancer
Lauren Lapham .... production intern
Mary Lee .... dancer
Jerry Legget .... payroll accountant
Carrie Macy .... dancer
Danielle Marcus-Janssen .... dancer
Joelle Martinec .... dancer
Jonas C. Matz .... first aid
Caitlin McLean .... dancer
Stacy Minkowsky .... production intern
Angela Morrison .... legal advisor
Danielle Nicole Parish .... dancer
Randol Perelman-Taylor .... set production assistant (as Randol P. Taylor)
Jacquie Perryman .... senior vice president: PolyGram Soundtracks
Sandra Plazinic .... dancer
Kimberly Rach .... production secretary
William Preston Robertson .... giggles/howls/marmots
Michelle Rudy .... dancer (as Michelle Rudy-Mirkovich)
Alan Schoolcraft .... president of operations: Mike Zoss Productions (as Alan J. Schoolcraft)
Kelleia Sheerin .... dancer (as Kelly Sheerin)
Mindy Sheldon .... accountant
Alison Simpson .... dancer
Katherine Slay .... dancer
Kristina Soderquist .... assistant accountant
Jenifer Strovas .... dancer
Eileen Sullivan .... baby wrangler
Michelle E. Swanson .... dancer
Lara Thompson .... assistant: Mr. Fellner
Amy Tinkham .... dancer
Bree Turner .... dancer
Eric Vignando .... caterer
Martina Volpp .... dancer
Amy Warren .... dancer
Natalie Webb .... dancer
Kim Yates .... dancer
Russell Dephillips .... engineer (uncredited)
Fred Fein .... stand-in (uncredited)
Mem Ferda .... double: Jeff Bridges (uncredited)
Rome Romanne .... stand-in (uncredited)
David Torn .... textures & guitar (uncredited)
Frank G. Turner .... stand-in (uncredited)
Charlie Vogel .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Liz Young .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief violence
117 min
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The Coen Brothers have repeatedly shot down anything vaguely resembling the idea of writing and directing a sequel, with Joel Coen flatly stating, "I just don't like sequels." Still, the rumours persist, and they reached a fever pitch in October of 2014 when unfounded claims that a sequel would start filming in January 2015 started swirling around the internet. However, John Turturro felt that his character needed more screentime and has been bothering the Coen Brothers to revisit the character for years, or at least give him permission to go ahead and direct some kind of Jesus-centric spin-off.See more »
Factual errors: The Dude holds up his right hand to show he has no wedding ring.See more »
[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...
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171 out of 315 people found the following review useful.
That Rug Really Tied the Room Together, 13 December 2004
Author: arron panigall from pittsburgh, pennsylvania

Acting is one of the most key elements to success or failure of a film. Some film types can survive without superb acting. These motion pictures can entertain the viewer with special effects or intense action scenes. A film based on heavy dialog and back-story can not survive with out excellent actors. One such movie that meets the dialog-based criterion is The Big Lebowski. The film follows Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) and his two close friends through a not so normal chain of events. The story is augmented by the supporting characters Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi). Written by Joel and Ethan Coen, the creative forces behind Fargo, the intriguing story succeeds because of the actors' impeccable skill.

As with many other films by the Coen brothers The Big Lebowski is an odd array of out of the ordinary characters slapped right in the middle of an improbable situation. The Dude is an unlikely hero living in the city of Los Angeles who becomes embroiled in a botched kidnapping. This is not the average kidnapper comedy that has been seen a thousand times before. The Coen brothers take a fresh look at an old tired subject. The story they have created is intriguing and entertaining, but the true entertainment comes from the unique characters. Walter, played by John Goodman, is a Vietnam veteran who seems to have some parts of post traumatic stress syndrome. Donny, another one of The Dude's close friends, is a quiet unassuming character who often interjects into conversation, but no one pays close attention to what he says.

As well as these characters are written, they would not be as effective had they been played by other actors. This effectiveness of acting can be seen in the opening scene at the bowling alley where the supporting characters are first introduced. This scene is comprised of Donny, Walter, and The Dude sitting at their lane in the bowling alley discussing the attack on The Dude by some hired thugs (7min 25 sec). The Dude is approaching the situation in his usual lackadaisical way. Jeff Bridges conveys The Dude's overall demeanor in his laid back, sauntering, walk. Although being laid back, Bridges is direct in his speaking showing that The Dude is not the average confused old stoner. Bridges facial expressions during this scene show The Dude is distressed about the loss of his rug which 'tied the room together.'

Donny seems to be an outside observer in this scene and throughout much of the film. Buscemi conveys his character's attention during discussion by following the flow of the conversation with his head. He looks from The Dude to Walter and from Walter to The Dude depending on who is talking. He may seem to be paying attention, but his asking of simple questions dispels this assumption. Another technique Buscemi uses is while he is observing the conversation he furrows his brow as if in deep thought and contemplation. This look of concentration is juxtaposed with the look of confused happiness, an empty smile, Buscemi uses when Donny makes a point in the conversation. These techniques which are introduced by Bridges and Buscemi early in the film are used throughout the entire picture.

Although Bridges and Buscemi do an excellent job of introducing their characters traits to the viewer, Goodman superbly shows his character's inner traits. Throughout the conversation it is apparent due to dialog that Walter is becoming upset. Goodman conveys this anger with facial expressions and body movement. In the early part of the conversation Goodman puts on a stone face to show that Walter is firmly set in his position. The Dude begins to agitate Walter as the conversation continues. Goodman shows this agitation by furrowing his brow, leaning forward while talking, and turning progressively redder. As Goodman continues, his speaking becomes more staccato and flustered. When The Dude refers to one of the attackers as 'the china man,' Walter continues on his tirade momentarily then quietly addresses the non politically correct nature of The Dude's comment. Changing from this aggravated manner of speaking to a more politically correct and lower tone shows that Walter has some sudden mood swings and a short fuse, as he returns to his tirade quickly.

This scene exemplifies the acting skills of John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, and Steve Buscemi. The characters in this story have been given interesting and entertaining dialog by the writers, but it is up to the actors to make the characters exude a certain feeling or trait. In each of their roles the three main actors add a level of feeling to the characters that is lacking from many of the offerings of the dark comedy genre. Goodman's portrayal of Walter as the 'know it all' with a short fuse is downright hilarious. Jeff Bridges steps out of his usually serious persona to portray a character as laid back as they come, 'quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles county.' Steve Buscemi is as entertaining as ever. His depiction of Donny, the character to rarely speak, adds depth to an otherwise bland side character. After viewing this film one can see why actors who can actually practice their craft are worth their weight in gold.

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