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The Big Lebowski (1998)

"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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Nihilist #1, Uli Kunkel / 'Karl Hungus'
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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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It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated... and they'd really rather be bowling. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,533,844 (USA) (6 March 1998)

Gross:

$17,439,163 (USA) (29 May 1998)
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Trivia

The film's overall structure was influenced by the detective fiction of Raymond Chandler. Ethan Coen said, "We wanted something that would generate a certain narrative feeling - like a modern Raymond Chandler story, and that's why it had to be set in Los Angeles ... We wanted to have a narrative flow, a story that moves like a Chandler book through different parts of town and different social classes". The use of the Stranger's voice-over also came from Chandler as Joel remarked, "He is a little bit of an audience substitute. In the movie adaptation of Chandler it's the main character that speaks off-screen, but we didn't want to reproduce that though it obviously has echoes. It's as if someone was commenting on the plot from an all-seeing point of view. And at the same time rediscovering the old earthiness of a Mark Twain." See more »

Goofs

The briefcase that Brandt gives The Dude is not large enough to hold one million dollars in twenty dollar bills. One "Brick" of twenty dollar bills contains one thousand bills. Which is twenty-thousand dollars. It would take 50 (fifty) "Bricks" to make up the one million dollars in twenty dollar bills. Hence, The Dude would have needed a much larger briefcase. See more »

Quotes

[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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Baby Wranglers: Howls/Giggles/Marmots See more »

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Referenced in Pineapple Express (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Peaceful Easy Feeling
Written by Jack Tempchin
Performed by Eagles (as The Eagles)
Published by Jazz Bird Music / WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

 
Greatest movie ever made.
12 December 2004 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

With the combination of the writing of the Coen brothers and the Cinematography of Roger Deakins, they created a film as beautiful as it is funny. The Coen brothers consistently impress me with their ability to write an interesting story with fascinating yet quirky characters. Without resorting to gratuitous sexual scenes like many other writer/directors of R rated films the Coen brothers manage to add the right amount of language and violence that is necessary to the story without it becoming the only reason for watching. 'The Big Lebowski' has so many clever and hilarious lines that you have to watch it over and over again.

Nothing else needs to be said about it other than it is the greatest movie ever made.


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