DVD 127 mins IMDB 8.0 (64,957 votes) top 250: #192
R
The Big Lebowski
Universal Studios (1998)
In Collection
#12

My Rating:
10

Seen It:
Yes
Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
USA  /  English

Jeff Bridges The Dude
John Goodman Walter Sobchak
Julianne Moore Maude Lebowski
Steve Buscemi Donny
David Huddleston The Big Lebowski
Philip Seymour Hoffman Brandt
Peter Stormare Nihilist
Leon Russom Malibu Police Chief
Sam Elliott The Stranger
Tara Reid Bunny Lebowski
Philip Moon Woo, Treehorn Thug
Mark Pellegrino Blond Treehorn Thug
John Turturro Jesus Quintana
Flea Nihilist #2, Kieffer
Torsten Voges Nihilist #3, Franz
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Smokey
Jack Kehler Marty

Director Joel Coen
Producer Ethan Coen; Tim Bevan; Eric Fellner
Writer Ethan Coen; Joel Coen
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Musician Carter Burwell; Sons of the Pioneers
User Credit 1 Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Tricia Cooke
User Credit 2 Mary Zophres

The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons of White Russians (made with fresh cream, please). In 1991, unemployed '60s refugee Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) grooves into his laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle. One of the laziest men in LA, he enjoys hanging with his bowling buddies, pompous security-store owner Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and mild-mannered ex-surfer Donny (Steve Buscemi). However, the Dude's life takes an alternate route the afternoon two goons break into his threadbare Venice, California, bungalow, rough him up, and urinate on his living room rug. Why? Because Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara) is owed money by the wife of a certain Jeff Lebowski. However, the goons grabbed the wrong Jeff Lebowski. With the right info, they would have invaded the home of philanthropic Pasadena millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). The Dude looks up his wealthy namesake, manages to get a replacement for his rug, and meets the millionaire's sexy young wife Bunny (Tara Reid). Later, Jeffrey ("The Big") Lebowski calls in the Dude to deliver a $1 million ransom for the return of his kidnapped wife. Fine — except that Walter intrudes and botches the ransom drop. As events unravel, the Dude gets caught up in the schemes of Lebowski's daughter, erotic artist Maude (Julianne Moore), encounters both cops and bad guys, and drifts through an elaborate bowling fantasy sequence titled Gutterballs. The soundtrack includes Bob Dylan, Yma Sumac, Moondog, Captain Beefheart, and the Sons of the Pioneers. — Bhob Stewart

Edition Details
Barcode 025192266621
Region Region 1
Chapters 22
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief violence.
User Text 2 They figured he was a lazy time wasting slacker. They were right.
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Notes
Trivia: In the opening credits, a big black guy throws a seven-ten split (his ball changing color from the throw to the strike, as noted in "goofs"). The first frame showing the ball striking the leftmost pin reveals that the pin isn't on the dot marking its official position. It's a little ahead of and to the left of the dot, hanging over the gutter, and the ball strikes it from the gutter: the shot is rigged. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When The Dude is at Jackie Treehorn's and he rubs the pad of paper with a pencil revealing Treehorn's drawing of a naked man, The Dude tears the page off the pad and quickly crumples and shoves the paper into his pocket. Later while in the Chief of Police of Malibu's office and the Chief is going through The Dude's wallet, the same paper he tore off of Treehorn's pad is neatly folded in the wallet, with no sign of previous crumpling. (more)

Quotes:
[first lines]
The Stranger: [narrating] Way out west there was this fella I wanna tell ya about. Goes 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. See, this Lebowski, he called himself "The Dude". Now, "Dude" - there's a name no man would self-apply where I come from...
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Awards: 1 win & 7 nominations (more)