The Big Lebowski
Release: March 06, 1998
Release: March 06, 1998

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.

Walter: "The Chinaman is not the issue"
Jesus: "Nobody fucks with the Jesus."
The Dude: "This aggresion will not stand, man"
The Dude: "I'm just helping her conceive, man!"
Blond Treehorn Thug: "[holding up a bowling ball] What the fuck is this?"
The Dude: "Obviously you're not a golfer."
Walter Sobchak: "You mark that frame an 8, and you're entering a world of pain."
The Dude: "And, you know, he's got emotional problems, man."
Walter Sobchak: "You mean... beyond pacifism?"
Maude Lebowski: "What do you do for recreation?"
The Dude: "Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback."
The Dude: "A brother shamus? Like an irish monk?"
Donny: "Are these the Nazis, Walter?"
Walter Sobchak: "No, Donny, these men are nihilists. There's nothing to be afraid of"
Walter Sobchak: "Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon... with nail polish"
Walter Sobchac: "Donny your out of your element!"
Walter Sobechak: "Say what you will about the tenants of national socialism dude, atleast it's an ethos."
Walter Sobchak: "Your entering a world of pain. -Walter Sobchak"
Walter Sobchak: "Smokey, this is not 'Nam this is bowling, there are rules! -Walter Sobchak"
Walter Sobchak: "Shut the f*** up Donny! -Walter Sobchak"
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