The Big Lebowski

Few hardcore athletes encourage drinking and smoking, but in the parlance of our times, The Dude Abides.

Just The Facts

  1. Of the films that John Goodman has appeared in, he lists this as his favorite.
  2. There is a picture on The Dude's wall of President Richard Nixon rolling the lanes. Nixon was an avid bowler.
  3. Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.
  4. A great deal of the Dude's clothes in the movie were Jeff Bridges's own clothes, including those nasty jelly sandles.
  5. In the state of California, it is against the law to keep a ferret as a pet.
  6. The Show "Branded" only lasted two seasons worth of episodes, a total of 48. Not even close to the number alluded to by Walter in the film.
  7. "The Big Lebowski" has grossed more than $46 million to date.
  8. Recipe for making a White Russian: 2 parts vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa) and 1 part cream. Served with ice in a low ball glass.

Cracked on "The Big Lebowski"

Jeffrey Lebowski is, perhaps, the most recognizable character that actor Jeff Bridges has ever portrayed. With his easy going style, "The Dude" made a name for himself in L.A. generally by just standing around at the wrong place at the wrong time. From rug defecation to fraudulent kidnapping, this film noir about a pot smoking, white russian drinking "bum" was not initially a commercial success. Only making about $2 million in profit at the box office, it has since inspired a cult following and even has it's own convention (Lebowski Fest). While it may not be the thought provoking moral diatribe the Coen Brothers have become known for, this follow-up to Fargo delivers the goods as far as watchability, drinking game modification, and all around inexplicable bowling lingo.