The Big Lebowski

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The Big Lebowski
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Photography: Color
Running Time: 117 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: March 6, 1998 (United States)

April 24, 1998 (United Kingdom)

Directed by: Joel Coen
Written by: Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Starring: Jeff Bridges
John Goodman
Julianne Moore
Steven Buscemi
David Huddleston
John Turturro
Phillip Seymour Hoffman

The Big Lebowski is a 1998 crime comedy film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler. He is assaulted as a result of mistaken identity, after which The Dude learns that a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski was the intended victim. The millionaire Lebowski's trophy wife is kidnapped, and he commissions The Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release; but the plan goes awry when the Dude's friend Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) schemes to keep the ransom money. Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, and John Turturro also appear, in supporting roles.


Jeffrey "the dude" Lebowski's the ultimate Los Angeles slacker. One day, his house is broken into, and his rug is urinated on by 2 angry hired heavies who've mistaken him for another Jeffrey Lebowski, that one's a Los Angeles millionaire, whose wife owes some people big money. The dude becomes entangled in his namesake's problem when he goes to visit the other Lebowski in order to get some recompense for his soiled rug. Instead, he's offered a job for a lot of money; act as liaison between Lebowski and the captors of his now "kidnapped" wife.

Why It Rocks

  1. Awesome plot.
  2. Great imagery.
  3. Helpful life-lessons.
  4. Quotable dialogue.
  5. The songs are catchy.
  6. Aimee Mann & Flea give nice cameos.
  7. The vehicles look cool.
  8. Top-notch acting.


The Big Lebowski holds an approval rating of 82% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 92 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges."


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