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The Big Lebowski (1998)

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, more...
Director: Joel Coen, Joel Coen
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Comedies, Cult, Suspense/Thriller, Black Comedy, Farce, Crime, Capers, Screwball
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons of White Russians (made with fresh cream, please). In 1991, unemployed '60s refugee Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) grooves into his laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle. One of the laziest men in LA, he enjoys hanging with his bowling buddies, pompous security-store owner Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and mild-mannered ex-surfer Donny (Steve Buscemi). However, the Dude's life takes an alternate route the afternoon two goons break into his threadbare Venice, California, bungalow, rough him up, and urinate on his living room rug. Why? Because Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara) is owed money by the wife of a certain Jeff Lebowski. However, the goons grabbed the wrong Jeff Lebowski. With the right info, they would have invaded the home of philanthropic Pasadena millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). The Dude looks up his wealthy namesake, manages to get a replacement for his rug, and meets the millionaire's sexy young wife Bunny (Tara Reid). Later, Jeffrey ("The Big") Lebowski calls in the Dude to deliver a $1 million ransom for the return of his kidnapped wife. Fine -- except that Walter intrudes and botches the ransom drop. As events unravel, the Dude gets caught up in the schemes of Lebowski's daughter, erotic artist Maude (Julianne Moore), encounters both cops and bad guys, and drifts through an elaborate bowling fantasy sequence titled Gutterballs. The soundtrack includes Bob Dylan, Yma Sumac, Moondog, Captain Beefheart, and the Sons of the Pioneers. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

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The Big Lebowski (1998)
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The Big Lebowski (Bonus Disc) (1998)
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One of the finest dark comedies ever written. by Neutron November 5, 2003 - 4:24 PM PST
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Certainly some of the best work the Coens have ever done, The Big Lebowski is the best combination of a farce and black comedy you can imagine. Everything from Jeff Bridges and John Goodman's lead performance to Turturro's small but exceptionally memorable character, it all comes to together to be greater then the sum of it's parts. There is so much heavilly layering in the story in here, and so many interesting characters and situations, it makes repeat watches a treat rather then a chore. One of my favorite comedies ever.

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