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The Big Lebowski Details


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. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

  • Release date:May 1, 1998


Jeff Bridges
as The Dude
John Goodman
as Walter Sobchak
Julianne Moore
as Maude Lebowski
Steve Buscemi
as Donny
David Huddleston
as The Big Lebowski
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Brandt
Peter Stormare
as Nihilist
as Nihilist
Leon Russom
as Malibu Police Chief
Sam Elliott
as The Stranger
Tara Reid
as Bunny Lebowski
John Turturro
as Jesus Quintana
David Thewlis
as Knox Harrington
Ben Gazzara
as Jackie Treehorn
Aimee Mann
as Nihilist
Jon Polito
as Private Snoop
Dom Irrera
as Tony the Chauffeur
Jon Polito
as Private Snoop


Joel Coen
Ethan Coen
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen
Roger Deakins
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Roderick Jaynes
Rick Heinrichs
Production Designer
John Dexter
Art Director
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Chris Spellman
Set Designer
Mary Zophres
Costume Designer
Allan Byer
Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Rafner
First Assistant Director
John Lyons
Janek Sirrs
Special Effects Supervisor