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Big Lebowski
     

The Big Lebowski

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Director: Joel Coen, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore

Cast: Joel Coen, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore

 

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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)

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
An unlikely mélange of bowling, Budweiser, and some Raymond Chandler-inspired L.A. noir turns out to be a perfect blend in The Big Lebowski, a virtuoso comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen. Jeff Bridges portrays Jeff Lebowski (known to his friends as "the Dude") -- a lazy, unemployed, and eminently likable stoner with a taste for Kahlùa who gets accidentally involved in a convoluted kidnapping case. Bridges is perfect as a textbook fish out of water, blundering his way through the complex plot like a memory-impaired Phillip Marlowe with a White-Russian mustache and taking more punches than even the hardest of hard-boiled detectives. Along for the ride is John Goodman, who plays the Dude's best friend and bowling partner, a buffoonish Vietnam vet with a hair-trigger temper and an endless supply of harebrained schemes. Simply put, this might be the gnarliest of noir send-ups. Meanwhile, the visuals cast unexpected light on the mechanics of bowling, as tour-de-force montages of shiny lanes and ball's-eye views whet one's appetite for a little ten-pin action. As is typical for a Coen brothers film, The Big Lebowski is genre savvy and multi-referential: riffing on the Dude's stonerdom, they provide a few hallucinogenic, Busby Berkeley-style fantasy sequences for those moments when he is knocked senseless. And riffing on his all-important nickname, they frame the whole film with a cowboy monologue, delivered in a liquid-smooth basso by Sam Elliot. Yes, The Big Lebowski may be a strange brew, but it tastes great and has "a kick like a mule."
All Movie Guide
Those who preferred the cut-and-dry, linear plotline of the Coen brothers' Fargo (1996) might be advised to stay away from the duo's gleefully absurd follow-up, The Big Lebowski. The film doesn't have much use for established storytelling techniques; it's more of a series of bizarre vignettes, which might be a problem if they weren't so funny. The title character, brilliantly played by Jeff Bridges, is a latter-day, stoner version of Philip Marlowe; it's one of the many homages the Coens make to films of decades past. The supporting players -- including John Goodman as Lebowski's buddy, and John Turturro as the wonderfully profane bowling champ Jesus -- are excellent as well. Lebowski performed tepidly at the box office, perhaps because of the inevitable post-Fargo backlash. Much like the Coens' earlier cult classic Raising Arizona (1987), it's the kind of film that audiences either love or hate.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2013
UPC:
0025192195136
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Flea Nihilist
Leon Russom Malibu Police Chief
Sam Elliott The Stranger
Tara Reid Bunny Lebowski
John Turturro Jesus Quintana
David Thewlis Knox Harrington
Ben Gazzara Jackie Treehorn
Aimee Mann Nihilist
Jon Polito Private Snoop
Dom Irrera Tony the Chauffeur

Technical Credits
Joel Coen Director,Screenwriter
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Ethan Coen Producer,Screenwriter
Tricia Cooke Editor
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
John Dexter Art Director
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Roderick Jaynes Editor
Jacqui Landrum Choreography
John Lyons Casting
Jeff Rafner Asst. Director
Janek Sirrs Special Effects Supervisor
Chris Spellman Set Decoration/Design
Mary Zophres Costumes/Costume Designer

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The Big Lebowski 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Rob More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most solidly constructed movies out there. Underrated when it originally hit theaters, it has since achieved cult status. The character development is excellent, the situational comedy - hilarious, and practically every line in the movie is quotable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
arguably one of the funniest and most quotable movies of all time. i cannot count the number of times i've watched this, or the number of people i've shown it to. it may not be unreasonable to say that anyone who doesn't get this movie isn't worth knowing. donny, please.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is fantastic. Jeff Bridges as the dude is amazing. It's a breathtakingly wacky and unpredicatable variation on a noir theme. John Goodman is...uh...oh, I lost my train of thought.
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Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
This is such a great cult classic! Words can't even describe how much I crack up at this movie! I upgraded to Blu-Ray a while back, and so of course when this limited edition Blu-Ray came out, I was all over it! There is an awesome collectable booklet within, and several cool features. Probably my favorite of them is the Mark It Dude feature, which tallies up all of the dudes, Lebowski-isms, and F-bombs throught the movie, (and there are quite a few F-bombs, but the use of most of them are pretty funny). All in all, a great film. If you have never seen this movie and can tollerate the language, I highly recommend checking this out if you haven't already seen it! "The Dude abides!"
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On the surface, ''The Big Lebowski'' may appear to be pretty mundane: a bum who curses a lot gets mistaken for a rich guy and this causes him problems. However, the Coen Brother's ability to meld genres (everything from comedy, noir, 60 psychadlia, and performance art are represented in ''Lebowski'') coupled with one of the most language rich scripts used for a film in years, create a great movie and a wonderful way to spend an hour an a half. What's more, The brothers Coen are of the few auteurs who are still working in cinema. Their use of lighting, editing, and color (I dare you to find a scene in the entire movie that does not use the blue and green motif) make it a brilliant visual experience as well. Do yourself a favor: buy this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my favorite movie of all time...my friends and i quote the movie non stop. two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon first viewing this movie, I walked away wondering what the big deal was. And then I saw it a second time, and a third, and a 4th...and on, and on, and on. I can't count how many times I've seen it and I still laugh every time I see it. The characters are truly amazing. Jeff Bridges as 'The Dude' is a genius performance. If you've only seen this movie once, you haven't seen it enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This ranks number 2 on my list right behind JFK, and I mean right behind it. Certainly one of the funniest movies ever made. It's the little characters that make it funny too, such as Donny, Jesus, and Maude. Even though Jesus, the hispanic bowler who happens to be a petafile, gets short movie time, he still gets some of the biggest laughs. ''The Dude'' is good and all for the star, but Walter is the funniest character you'll ever see. Hands down a movie to remember.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never has a movie been so overlooked. Bridges and Goodman surpassed Oscar-worthy. Rent it, buy it, but please don't miss the point. The Big Lebowski is, in the words of Maude a ''zesty enterprise''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very funny flick. A lot of cussing but stands out. One of the best soundtracks ever. One of my favorites. See what happens Larry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is great. possible up there with all time funniest!
XmacAttack More than 1 year ago
This is a HILARIOUS movie. Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi are truely great. Kidnapping, bowling, nihilism, and bad porn-can it get much better? While Bridges carries the movie, I think Goodman has some of the best lines and the most interesting character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie for the simple fact that it was silly and fun and unexpected. I will never think of Jeff Bridges the same again--he will forever be 'the dude' to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a superior movie and certainly overlooked by the so-called film critics. Maybe it was the use of the eFf word that turned so many people off, but regardless, this movie is hilarious. The characters and their diatribes are nothing short of brilliant. This slice of Americana blue-collar laugh a minute comedy is definitely worth your time. Sit down with a friend, grab some oat sodas or some White Russians, and take a drink every time you hear the eFf word or eDudef. Good times, good timesc
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a league game Smokey....My favorite movie of all time enjoy while drinking a nice White Russian
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to agree that this ranks in my top five comedies of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has to be in my top five comedies off all time. Jeff Bridges as "Dude" make you like him right off the bat with his antics... John Goodman with his "Nam" flashbacks and new holidays while bowling play well with the dudes laid back personality. Finally, Steve Buschemi who plays Donnie ties the trio together with his smarter than the other two attitude. Funny how when they bowl, Donnie always got strikes, until the end when he got nine pins down.....(just something to look for in the film)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'DUDE' is what makes us all realize that WE, are all 'an accident.' He is the likeness of Duane Hubler, Kurt Vonnegut's anti hero from his novel, 'Breakfast of champions.' You need to see this movie, if not for the entertainment value, then for your own reality check.
JameJ More than 1 year ago
That's all I have to say
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A film about love, friendship, money, power, and the loyalty of a bowling team.