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The Big Lebowski (1998)

US 119m, Colour
Directors: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen; Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore

The Big Lebowski is a wonderfully colourful film noir styled comedy starring Jeff Bridges aka The Dude – who suffers a case of mistaken identity with millionaire Jeffery Lebowski, who subsequently hires Bridge’s lazy-ass bowling-loving character to act as an intermediary with kidnappers who have abducted and are holding “Bunny” – his young “fun-loving” wife for ransom. When The Dude’s friends get involved, the plans turn into a scheme to steal the million dollars ransom after they learn Bunny’s true identity. Although The Big Lebowski is most often associated with The Dude, it is the interplay between John Goodman’s and Steve Buscemi’s characters – his ever arguing bowling buddies which provide much of the film’s many brilliantly comedic moments (Klaus Ming March 2011).

 

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3 comments on “The Big Lebowski (1998)

  1. joem18b
    04/01/2011

    I wonder if this might not be the number one cult movie out there these days? I hear it mentioned so many times in reverent tones.

  2. Anthony Lee Collins
    04/01/2011

    Well, I can’t think of another movie where they hold regular conventions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_big_lebowski#Legacy), so I think this has got to be #1. Endlessly quotable, perfectly cast, great use of music, and a solid plot under it all. Just thinking about it makes me smile.

  3. Dave Becker
    04/07/2011

    This is my favorite comedy of all-time: I laugh a little more each time I watch it. And I think you hit the nail on the head: as good as Bridges is as “The Dude”, Goodman’s Walter, whose best intentions always blow up in The Dude’s face, is the true source of the film’s most hilarious moments.

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