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The Big Lebowski


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 Written by
Ethan Coen Writer
Joel Coen Writer

 Directed by
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen


 Release Date
March 6, 1998

1 hours and 57 minutes (117 minutes)

Jeff Bridges
  Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski
John Goodman
  Walter Sobchak
Steve Buscemi
  Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos
Julianne Moore
  Maude Lebowski
Philip Seymour Hoffman
David Huddleston
  Jeffrey "The Big" Lebowski
John Turturro
  Jesus Quintana
Tara Reid
  Bunny Lebowski
Sam Elliott
  The Stranger
Ben Gazzara
  Jackie Treehorn
Peter Stormare
  Nihilist #1, Uli Kunkel / "Karl Hungus"
Torsten Voges
  Nihilist #3, Franz
  Nihilist #2, Kieffer
Aimee Mann
  Nihilist Woman, Franz's Girlfriend
Philip Moon
  Woo, Treehorn Thug
Mark Pellegrino
  Blond Treehorn Thug
Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Jack Kehler
James G. Hoosier
  Liam O'Brien, Quintana's Partner
David Thewlis
  Knox Harrington
Jon Polito
  Da Fino
Carlos Leon
  Maude's Thug #1
Richard Gant
  Older Cop
Christian Clemenson
  Younger Cop
Dom Irrera
  Tony the Chauffeur
Lu Elrod
  Coffee Shop Waitress
Mike Gomez
  Auto Circus Cop
Peter Siragusa
  Gary the Bartender
Marshall Manesh
Harry Bugin
  Arthur Digby Sellers
Irene Olga López
  Pilar, Sellers' Housekeeper
Luis Colina
  Corvette Owner
Leon Russom
  Malibu Police Chief
Ajgie Kirkland
  Cab Driver
Jerry Haleva
  Saddam Hussein
Jennifer Lamb
  Pancake Waitress
Jesse Flanagan
  Little Larry Sellers
Wendy Braun
  Chorine Dancer (uncredited)
Asia Carrera
  Sherry in 'Logjammin' (uncredited)
Kiva Dawson
  Dancer (uncredited)

- The word "dude" is used 161 times in the movie. It is spoken 160 times, and seen once in text in the credits for "Gutterballs," the second dream sequence.

- The f-word is said 260 times throughout the film.

- The "f" word or a variation of it was used 292 times.

- In an early draft of the script, The Dude's source of income was revealed. He was an heir to the inventor of the Rubik's Cube, which would have also made him Hungarian in turn. It was Joel Coen's idea to drop this and never say.

- In the "clean" version, for television broadcast, the famous line "This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!" was changed to "This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!" It's frequently cited as one of the most "creative" edits made for a film to be aired on television.

- The Dude's line, "The Dude abides", is a reference to Ecclesiastes 1:4, "One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the Earth abides forever." It is a reference to how the Dude, much like the Earth, can weather change and chaos around him, but still remain the same.

- The license plate of Bunny's red convertible spells "LAPIN", French translation of rabbit (bunny).

- With the exception of The Dude helping Maude bowl in a fantasy, The Dude is never seen bowling.

 New Quote

You're name's Lebowski, Lebowski.
— Blond Treehorn Thug


They peed on your fucking rug.
— Walter Sobchak


Wait. Let me explain something to you. I am not Mr. Lebowski. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know? That or His Dudeness, or Duder or, you know, El Duderino, if you're not into whole brevity thing.
— Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski


Nobody fucks with the Jesus.
— Jesus Quintana


This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of what-have-yous and a lot of strands to keep in my head, man. You know, a lot of strands in the old Duder's head.
— The Dude


All the Dude wanted was his rug back.
— The Dude


You know, this is a very complicated case, Maude. A lot of ins, a lot of outs. You know, fortunately, I'm adhering to a pretty strict, drug regimen to keep my mind, you know, limber and I'm very fucking close to your father's money.
— The Dude


Donny was a good bowler and a good man. He was one of us. He was a man who loved the outdoors and bowling. And as a surfer he explored the beaches of Southern California from La Jolla to Leo Carrillo and up to Pismo. He died... He died as so many young men of his generation, before his time. In your wisdom, Lord, you took him, as you took so many bright, flowering young men, at the Khe Sanh, at Lan Doc, at Hill 364. These young men gave their lives and so did Donny. Donny, who loved bowling. And so, Theodor Donald Kerabatsos, in accordance with what we think your dying wishes might well have been, we commit your final mortal remains to the bosom of the Pacific Ocean which you loved so well. Good night, sweet prince.
— Walter


The Dude abides. I don't know about you, but I take comfort in that. It's good knowing he's out there, the Dude, taking her easy for all us sinners. I sure hope he makes the finals. Well, that about does her. Wraps her all up. Things seem to have worked out pretty good for the Dude and Walter. And it was a pretty good story, don't you think? Made me laugh to beat the band. Parts anyway. I didn't like seeing Donny go. But then I happen to know there's a little Lebowski on the way. I guess that's the way the whole darned human comedy keeps perpetuating itself down through the generations. Westward the wagons, across the sands of time until we... Oh, look at me. I'm rambling again. Well, I hope you folks enjoyed yourselves. Catch you later on down the trail.
— Cowboy


The Dude abides.
— The Dude


 New Review

The Dude abides
By Jack Anderson on May 30, 2019

The Big Lebowski is a classic comedy from the Cohen brothers, that ranks among the best comedies of all time. This is the essence of what a cult film is or should be about.

From the very first moment, the film is having a kind of magical joyful tone throughout each scene, which makes you keep a big smile all along and join the characters in their wild adventure.

The Dude as well as all the other characters in this film, is brilliant. The Dude shines. The Dude abides. The Dude dudes. Jeff Bridges is the Dude and played is wonderfully. He's never going across the yellow line of doing too much. He's in the zone, man. From the beginning to the end. Just a perfect character that is beloved by so many, even twenty years later.

The other characters are equally great. Mr. Lebowski, his servant, Bunny, the nihilists, everyone. And obviously, Walter and Donny, played respectively by John Goodman and Steve Buscemi.

The movie, even though it is a comedy, has a very solid and quite complex scenario. As the Dude would say, a lot of ins, a lot of outs. It starts as a simple exchange of an hostage for money, but very soon opens to lots of different characters. Mr. Lebowski is actually not having lots of money, but only running charities on behalf of his daughter, his wife is actually a nymphomaniac who owns money to Jackie Treehorn, a rich adult films producer. Bunny is utilizing nihilists to get a million dollars. The Kneutons are trying to get back Bunny and have hired a private detective. There's a bloody toe. Multiple rugs. And, of course, bowling.

The soundtrack of this film is outstanding. I remember buying it as a teenager and listening to it over and over again.

I still remember when I watched this film in the theater. I was with my dear friend Jean-Isaac and if one day he stumbles on this review, I say hi, Dude!

One of the best comedies ever. I give it 10 out of 10. A classic.

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