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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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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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
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.
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.
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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
Using bowling as their metaphor, the Coen Brothers launch into one of their most ambitious, and hilarious projects ever, ¿The Big Lebowski,¿ a tale of mistaken identity, art, and a rug that really tied a room together. Jeff Bridges stars as Jeff Lebowski, the epitome of the `60¿s counterculture, known to all who care (and any who don¿t, for that matter) as simply, ¿The Dude,¿ whose existence beyond the bowling alley is nothing less than indifference made manifest. And Bridges brings him to life with a performance that should have won him an Oscar. He is ¿The Dude¿ from the inside out, delivering a total package filled with nuance and attitude that just flows with a natural ease; the look, the mannerisms, it¿s all there, and Bridges masterfully blends it all together to make him a truly memorable character, one of the best he¿s ever done. Just to watch The Dude in action is alone worth the price of admission. John Goodman is also exemplary here as Walter, the Dude¿s best friend and a member of the bowling team. Walter is an opinionated Vietnam vet with his own agenda and a unique perspective on life and the rules by which it must be played. It is a singular performance by Goodman that should have earned him at least a Best Supporting Actor nod; he makes Walter his own from the ground up, and he¿s a character you¿re not likely to forget. Steve Buscemi, in a smaller role, plays Donny, one of the more ¿normal¿ characters he¿s ever done. In a role not much more than a cameo, John Turturro steals the moment as Quintana, a rival bowler. He¿s absolutely outrageous, but once he gets on the alley, he can really ¿roll.¿ And, man, can he polish a bowling ball. The story itself is clever, the dialogue is witty and real and, it must be noted, peppered with the most ¿colorful¿ of expletives, none of which are gratuitous, however; this is just the way these guys talk. Much of it is politically incorrect and audaciously flagrant, and be advised, ventures into territory beyond the pale. As The Dude and Walter bowl their way through the turmoil of a possible kidnapping, they encounter a band of Nihilists (lead by Peter Stormare); a stranger (Sam Elliott) who assists in the telling of the tale; a man named Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara), a self-styled purveyor of adult entertainment; a moronic pair of ¿rug soilers;¿ a local beach community constable long on attitude; a shady Private Eye; an errant toe; and a marmot. In the end, you¿ll find that ¿The Big Lebowski¿ is quite unlike anything you¿ve ever seen; it is stylishly crafted and wickedly funny, and it will leave you craving more of the same. You may be shaking your head over it, but you¿ll be laughing while you¿re doing it. When you think about ¿The Dude,¿ Walter, Donny and the rest, you won¿t be able to help yourself; you¿re just gonna have to laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Big Lebowski kicks!
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
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
This really is the best movie I have ever seen (exept Pulp Fiction). The Dude is such a cool man!°!!!!
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
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
Casablanca, Citizen Kane, and Lawrence of Arabia are all high on my list. Kelley's Heroes is arguably the best film with an all-white male cast. But Lebowski works on so many levels, and reveals more with each viewing, that it has to be included in the pantheon of great silver screen fiction.
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this movie is great. possible up there with all time funniest!
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
Jeff Bridges turns in the best role he has ever played. HE is the perfect ''dude'' in this movie. I could watch it everyday and just ''take it easy''
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first few times i viewed this movie i never made it through the end of it. Some say that in order to finish it you must be faded and mellowed out. However, i kept watching it over and over. Donny, Walter, and The Dude portray in this video the ultimate life that every male enjoys. The soundtrack also portrays the theme of the movie excellently. If you like kickin back with the guys, and this is a guy movie, with a drink or two your going to love this movie.
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
my favorite movie of all friends and i quote the movie non stop. two thumbs up!
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.