A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude. Written by
Steve Buscemi also played a sidekick to the anti hero 2 years before in Escape from L.A. (1996) opposite Kurt Russell as anti hero Snake Plissken. Coincidently, Jeff Bridges was considered for and offered the role of Snake Plissken in Escape from New York (1981) but was uninterested and turned it down, as did his good friends Nick Nolte and Tommy Lee Jones. Russell, who was also a good friend of Bridges', got the role because he had worked with John Carpenter before and was Carpenter's choice for the role. Bridges was also considered for the lead role of Macready in The Thing (1982), but turned it down. It too went to Kurt Russell under John Carpenter's direction. It became a cult classic, as did Escape from New York (1981) and this movie. Bridges later worked and became friends with Carpenter on Starman (1984), which earned him an Oscar nomination. See more »
The nihilist girl's German pronunciation is far from authentic when she orders her pancakes. See more »
Way out west there was this fella... fella I wanna tell ya about. Fella by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least that was the handle his loving parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. Mr. Lebowski, he called himself "The Dude". Now, "Dude" - that's a name no one would self-apply where I come from. But then there was a lot about the Dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense. And a lot about where he lived, likewise. But then again, maybe that's why I ...
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Glück das mir verblieb
from the Opera "Die tote Stadt"
Written and Conducted by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performed by Ilona Steingruber, Anton Dermota and the Austrian State Radio Orchestra
Used by permission of European American Music Distributors Corporation, Agent for Schott Musik International
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With the combination of the writing of the Coen brothers and the Cinematography of Roger Deakins, they created a film as beautiful as it is funny. The Coen brothers consistently impress me with their ability to write an interesting story with fascinating yet quirky characters. Without resorting to gratuitous sexual scenes like many other writer/directors of R rated films the Coen brothers manage to add the right amount of language and violence that is necessary to the story without it becoming the only reason for watching. 'The Big Lebowski' has so many clever and hilarious lines that you have to watch it over and over again.
Nothing else needs to be said about it other than it is the greatest movie ever made.
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