The Big Lebowski R

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The Big Lebowski
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: October 18, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Collectors Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Nobody calls me Lebowski. You got the wrong guy. I'm the Dude, man."
  - The Dude (Jeff Bridges) to Treehorn's thug
"That rug really tied the room together, did it not'"--Walter (John Goodman)
"Freakin' a..."
  - The Dude
"I don't roll on Shabbos!"
  - Walter to Donny (Steve Buscemi), upon realizing he's scheduled to bowl on the Jewish Sabbath
"All the Dude ever wanted was his rug back."
  - The Dude to Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara)
"You're entering a world of pain."
  - Walter to a child
"Are these the Nazis, Walter'"--Donny
"No, Donny, these men are Nihilists. Nothing to be afraid of."
  - Walter
"The Dude abides. I don't know about you, but I take comfort in that."
  - The Stranger (Sam Elliott)

Entertainment Reviews:

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 355,621
Adds up to considerably less than the sum of its often scintillating parts.
Variety
Nov 7, 2007
...The range of acting turns is rich....Best of all, in a memorably unctuous cameo, is Philip Seymour Hoffman...the best character-actor find in years...
Sight and Sound
May 1, 1998
...The Coen brothers, those far-out FARGO guys, cover everything with eye-popping panache... 3 1/2 out of 4 Stars
USA Today
Apr 3, 1998
...Mr. Bridges finds a role so fit for him that he seems never to have been anywhere else. Watch this performance to see shambling executed with nonchalant grace and a seemingly out-to-lunch character played with fine comic flair...
New York Times
Mar 6, 1998
The result is a lot of laughs and a feeling of awe toward the craftsmanship involved. I doubt that there'll be anything else like it the rest of this year. Full Review
Observer
Apr 27, 2007
...Joel and Ethan Coen have crafted another shrewdly ironic valentine to Americana with this hilarious tale...
Premiere
Mar 1, 1998
4 stars out of 5 -- [W]hat makes the Coens' seventh film so inexhaustibly re-watchable is its oddball range of characters so gonzo, so heroically grotesque as to be the stuff of the greatest stoner-comic book never written.
Total Film
Jun 1, 2006

Product Description:

The Coen brothers have done it again. Mixing in Leninist philosophy, mistaken identity, crazy characters, a kidnapping plot, and a deep love of bowling, they have unleashed upon an unsuspecting world the many glories of THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski, known as the Dude, a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money--resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld.

The film is beautiful to look at, especially the scenes in the bowling alley, which feature a vast array of bizarre characters--including Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Sam Elliott, and the movie-stealing, riotously funny John Goodman as the Dude's crazy best buddy. As usual in Coen brothers films (BARTON FINK, RAISING ARIZONA), the dialogue is hysterically warped; the plot is confusing, complicated, and kinetic; the soundtrack is virtually another character; and the acting is weirdly stellar. THE BIG LEBOWSKI is yet another thoroughly entertaining foray into the strange and fascinating world ruled by Joel and Ethan Coen.

Plot Synopsis:

When hired goons mistake oafish, amiable bowling enthusiast Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski for their proper shakedown, eccentric millionaire the Big Lebowski, their error sets into motion a wacky chain of events that pull the Dude into a hilariously twisted mystery. The film is a high-key, fanciful farce with the same runaway-train comic sensibility as the Coens' RAISING ARIZONA--and a surreal musical number to boot.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: March 6, 1998.
  • THE BIG LEBOWSKI features numerous references to the 1946 film THE BIG SLEEP, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart as a man who gets involved in a similarly chaotic mystery.
  • Bob Dylan performs "The Man in Me," the song played over the opening credits; Shawn Colvin performs "Viva Las Vegas" over the closing credits. Other artists whose songs appear in the film include Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone, Yma Sumac, and Kenny Rogers.
  • The Dude is based partly on real-life producer Jeff Dowd.
  • The Jackie Treehorn film clip shown in the film is called LOGJAMMIN'; real-life porn star Asia Carrera plays the lead role in the fake film.
  • Shooting took almost 12 weeks, finishing in April 1997.
  • BRANDED, the television show that Arthur Digby Sellers is credited with writing in the film, was a TV Western series that starred Chuck Connors; the Dude thinks it starred Mike Connors, of MANNIX fame.
  • "I suppose there's a side of me that, had I not been an actor, might have lived his life like the Dude," Jeff Bridges said about the role he played in the film.
  • "All those half-finished sentences, all those ers and ums and ehs, they're all scripted in. You can't be relaxed about it. The dialogue is like music. All the characters have their own score and it takes practice and timing to get it right. You can't slack off," Steve Buscemi said about the screenplay.
  • John Turturro's role was cut out of the edited television version, possibly because almost everything he says includes curses.
  • Rock musicians Aimee Mann and Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) appear as members of the Nihilists. Country rock musician Jimmie Dale Gilmore plays Smokey, one of Walter's bowling opponents.
  • One of the reasons why bowling was chosen as the centerpiece of the film, Joel Coen told the Boston Phoenix, was that "it's the only thing that calls itself a sport where you can smoke and drink beer."
  • The film screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on March 5, 1998.

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