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The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 6 March 1998 (USA)
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"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Dude
... Walter Sobchak
... Maude Lebowski
... Theodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos
... The Big Lebowski
... Brandt
... Bunny Lebowski
... Woo, Treehorn Thug
... Blond Treehorn Thug
... Nihilist #1, Uli Kunkel / 'Karl Hungus'
... Nihilist #2, Kieffer
... Nihilist #3, Franz
Jimmie Dale Gilmore ... Smokey
... Marty
... Jesus Quintana
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Storyline

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. Written by J. Lake

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Taglines:

(Israel, translated from Hebrew): Lebowski: Not a man, a way of life See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Lebowski  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,533,844, 8 March 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,498,804

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,189,568
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the dialogue mentions In-N-Out several times, the hamburgers and drinks consumed by the characters in the car are not wrapped or contained in the (still privately owned) company's distinctive food wrapping paper or cups. See more »

Goofs

The Dude is arrested by "Malibu Police" after being ejected from Jackie Treehorn's garden party. He is questioned by Malibu's chief of police. But there is no such agency. The city of Malibu provides its police services through a contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff (LASD). See more »

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[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, "Dude" - that's a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then there was a lot about the Dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense. And a lot about where he lived, likewise. But then again, maybe that's why I ...
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Tammy
Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Performed by Debbie Reynolds
Published by St. Angelo Music,
Administered by MCA Music Publishing, A division of Universal Studios, Inc. (ASCAP) / Jay Livingston Music,
Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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The Most Quotable Film of All Time
5 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Those Coen brothers have an ear for language. You feel it in the sing-songy banalities of Fargo, and in the noiresque machine-gun dialogue of Miller's Crossing, but neither of these can prepare you for the feast for the ears that is The Big Lebowski.

Channeling the opaque mysteries of Raymond Chandler, the Coens throw LA resident bum and Bowling aficionado Jeff Lebowski ("The Dude" to his friends) into a strange triple-crossing case of kidnapping, ransoms, nihilists and urinated-upon rugs. It is the equivalent of throwing unrelenting forces at an immovable object, the Dude's bemused stoicism at constant odds with the world around him. He'd much rather be bowling with crazed Vietnam Vet Walter (John Goodman) and pure silent soul Donnie (Steve Buscemi).

As with so much of the Coens' output, style is more than half the point: not just visual, though ace DP Roger Deakins paints an alluring canvas, but tonal and auditory. This is an insanely funny head-trip of a movie, with wonderfully idiosyncratic characters, down to the smallest part. Who better than the Coens to reinvent the comedy of errors?

This is without a doubt one of their very best, a personal favorite, an unmissable film and the kind of experience that will plant an indelible smile on your face. Do yourself and see this now, if you haven't already.


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