The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Joel Coen (1998)

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Our Score
While not in the same class as the Coen brothers' previous film, Fargo, this goofy tribute to Raymond Chandler and film noir (particularly The Big Sleep) still comes gift-wrapped with enough good lines, ingenious plot twists and eccentric characters to satisfy their dedicated army of fans. There are, in fact, two Lebowskis: one is Jeff Bridges, who calls himself "the Dude", an ageing hippy who becomes embroiled in the kidnapping of the other Lebowski's wife, aided and abetted by tenpin bowling chum John Goodman. What follows is an insane labyrinth of plot and counterplot that encompasses the drug and porn underworlds, Busby Berkeley fantasies and bath-time with a savage marmot. It's a distinctive, crazy treat, decked out with a trademark film noir narration and marvellous performances from Bridges, the toothsome and taciturn Steve Buscemi, and Coen regular Goodman, who based his Vietnam-veteran character on the bear-like writer/director John Milius.


A case of mistaken identity forces an ageing hippie to divide his time between trying to win a bowling tournament and searching for a wealthy industrialist's kidnapped wife, while getting involved with assorted oddball characters in the process. The Coen brothers' comedy, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro.

Cast & Crew

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski Jeff Bridges
Walter Sobchak John Goodman
Maude Lebowski Julianne Moore
Donny Steve Buscemi
The Big Lebowski David Huddleston
Brandt Philip Seymour Hoffman
Jesus Quintana John Turturro
Bunny Lebowski Tara Reid
Jackie Treehorn Ben Gazzara
The stranger Sam Elliott
Nihilist Peter Stormare
Nihilist Flea
Nihilist Torsten Voges
Knox Harrington David Thewlis
Private snoop Jon Polito
Marty Jack Kehler
Treehorn thug Philip Moon
Treehorn thug Mark Pellegrino
Older cop Richard Gant
Malibu Police Chief Leon Russom
Nihilist woman Aimee Mann
Director Joel Coen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuseAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Sep 2018