Big Lebowski

Big Lebowski

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Director: Joel Coen

Cast: 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)… See more details below


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.

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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.

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Special Features

The Dude's Life; The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski ten years later; The Lebowski Fest: an achiever's story; Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: the dream sequences of the Dude; Interactive map; Jeff Bridges' photo book; Plus an introduction; Making of the the Big Lebowski; Photo gallery

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Big Lebowski
1. Tumbling Tumbleweed [3:44]
2. Mistaken Identity [1:51]
3. Opening Credits [2:01]
4. The Rug [2:22]
5. The Other Lebowski [6:25]
6. Over the Line [3:33]
7. A Kidnapped Bunny [5:01]
8. Jesus [4:24]
9. The Ringer [7:50]
10. Stolen Car [5:19]
11. Maude [5:33]
12. Bunny's Toe [6:22]
13. A Visit From the Stranger [7:05]
14. The Dude's Check-Up [5:18]
15. A Stellar Performance [2:49]
16. Smut Business [3:55]
17. The Gutterballs [6:43]
18. Chances of Conception [5:35]
19. Day of Rest [13:26]
20. Ashes to Ashes [4:55]
21. The Dude Abides [4:51]
22. End Credits [3:17]


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