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The Big Lebowski – A Brief Introduction

The Big Lebowski is a 1988 Coen Brother s movie that starred Jeff Bridges as ‘The Dude’ and also featured John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and Tara Reid.

The film revolves around a jobless Los Angeles slacker and bowling fan who is referred to and additionally refers to himself as ‘The Dude’. The Dude is introduced to a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski after a case of mistaken identity. When the millionaire Lebowski’s trophy wife (Bunny) is subsequently abducted he hires the Dude to hand over the ransom for her release. The operation goes completely wrong when the Dude’s buddy Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) hatches a strategy to keep the full ransom.

The Jeff Bridges character has grown to be one of the most recognisable and iconic film characters around. Even 25 years after the release of the movie there is still a massive trade in spin-off products and memorabilia.

Big Lebowski Merchandise Today

Only recently Ben & Jerrys produced a White Russian Flavor Ice Cream (The Dudes favourite drink) titled ‘Dude Food’.

A yearly event known as the ‘Lebowski Fest’ now occurs in a number of places across the U.S after originally starting in Louisville Kentucky in 2002. Additionally in 2005 an web based movement entitled ‘The Church of the Latter-Day Dude’ began. The religion known as ‘Dudeism’ promotes the beliefs and life-style of The Dude and now has over of 50,000 Dudeist Priests.

The Big Lebowski has been positioned the 8th funniest motion picture of the previous 25 years and came 34th in the Top 50 Cult Films by Entertainment Weekly. On top of that Empire Magazine placed Walter Sobchak #49 and the Dude #7 in their “The 100 Greatest Movie Characters”.
It is somewhat surprising considering the films longevity, that it was not a massive success at the box office. It was a favourite for midnight film goers and people used to enjoy using the many memorable quotes contained within it.

Nowadays, not only can you watch The Big Lebowski on DVD and BluRay, you can easily read books about the film, buy character costumes, wear lebowski inspired clothing or collect the action figures.

A Sequel ?

There is still regular talk of a sequel to the film even though the Coen Brothers seem to have ruled it out. At the Cannes Film Fstival Joel Cohen is quoted as saying “I don’t think it’s going to happen. I just don’t like sequels,”. According to Ethan Coen “John Turturro, who wants it, talks to us incessantly about doing a sequel about his character Jesus. He even has the story worked out, which he’s pitched to us a few times, but I can’t really remember it… No, I don’t see it in our future.”.