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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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Her life was in their hands. Now her toe is in the mail. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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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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Trivia

When Jesus (John Turturro) has to go door to door, sharing that he is a convicted sex offender, he has a large bulge in his tight pants. The bulge was formed by a bag of birdseed. See more »

Goofs

Walter insists on not bowling on the Sabbath; later the Dude insists he drive him on the Sabbath. But apparently, later that same (long) night they are seen bowling- and ironically, they are confronted by Jesus, who insists that Walter is not honest about his Sabbath observance. 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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Referenced in Melissa & Joey: Catch & Release (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Viva Las Vegas
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by Shawn Colvin
Published by Pomus Songs, Inc. / Mort Shuman Songs
Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Elvis Presley Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Coen brothers unabashedly out of control! A plethora of fun!
17 August 1998 | by See all my reviews

The Coen brothers are up there with my very favorite filmmakers (Scorsese, Kubrick, Carpenter). I am very fond of their work. Throughout their irreverent career, they have explored different subjects and themes. Their best stories evolve from kidnapping schemes in films like "Raising Arizona " and "Fargo", one of my very favorites. I thought that film was fervently free. I was so ever wrong. It's as if the Coen Brothers have celebrated their complete breakthrough success (Academy Award winners), and now are willing to do whatever they please. "The Big Lebowski" is a film so meandering, so wonderfully novel, that I found myself missing the many other sporadic jokes as I was heaving from laughter. The film is basically about mistaken identity, eccentric characters, and a soiled rug. This film extols the bowler, the allies, even the pins. We experience an actual bowling ball POV, as the Dude (Jeff Bridges) hallucinates. This film has nihilists, feminists, millionares, paedophiles, drugged out hippies, underachieving students, incompetent criminals, pornographers and 'Nam veterans. This movie is open to anything , anything... Some people are turned off by absurd looniness, because it's so grandiosely different. Yet who couldn't chuckle, if not explode, when a bowler dressed in a tight purple suit licks a bowling ball's finger hole, and the camera pans down to reveal his name as Jesus! I will disclose no more, but urgently recommend you to traverse to your nearest video abode and rent this true escapists' feature. Abandon all solemn inhibitons, though! One can not keep a straight face whilst watching.


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