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The Big Lebowski 1997

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(228) IMDb 8.2/10
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Jeff 'the Dude' Lebowski is a bowling buff, laid-back to the point of horizontal, who gets mixed up in a blackmail plot involving a millionaire namesake. Roped into delivering the ransom to secure the release of the millionaire's kidnapped wife, the Dude's karmic balance is really put in a spin when his gun-toting buddy Walter decides to help out.

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman
1 hour, 57 minutes

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Genres Crime, Comedy
Director Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman
Supporting actors Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, Philip Moon, Mark Pellegrino, Peter Stormare, Flea, Torsten Voges, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jack Kehler, John Turturro, James G. Hoosier, Carlos Leon, Terrence Burton, Richard Gant, Christian Clemenson
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rob Payne on 11 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The Coen brothers `The Big Lebowski' is a bona-fide modern cult classic, a slacker epic that benefits from colourful charcterisation, a host of brilliant performances, superb casting and one of the most quotable scripts in movie history. Set during the time of the first Gulf War, the excellent Jeff Bridges plays Jeffrey `The Dude' Lebowski, an ageing, unemployed pot smoking slacker with a penchant for white Russians, who becomes embroiled in a kidnapping case after his identity is mistaken for that of a local millionaire with the same name, a man whose missing wife owes money to Pornographers. The reluctant and very lazy Dude is tasked by his namesake to act as a courier to hand off the ransom money to her captors, but is really only interested in compensation from the men who urinated on his living-room rug or going bowling with his friends Walter (John Goodman), a Jewish convert war veteran obsessed with Vietnam, and the placid Donny (Steve Buscemi), who is always several steps behind the conversation. All three actors are superb and the (F-word strewn) banter and rapport between them is often so genuine that you feel as if you are eavesdropping in on their conversation from the next lane. Indeed, all of the central performances are pitch perfect, but the minor characters are equally as good, particularly John Turtoro as fellow bowler Jesus Quintana, a Hispanic, purple jump-suit clad egomaniac and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the millionaire Lebowski's decorous personal assistant.

The dude is ultimately an unwilling hero, a man whose focus is on minding his own business and his own problems. At a time when bombs are flying and everyone is running about in a frenzy, all the Dude wants is to take it easy.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Sept. 2005
Format: DVD
I've read that comedy is the most difficult genre to get right and probably the most difficult acting job to get laughs from, but watching The Big Lebowski, the Coens and every one of the actors involved make it all look so easy. This film's full of artists at the top of their game.
TBL's got everything, character acting, over the top character-vignettes, (see John Turturro's purple-clad bowling saviour), slapstick (John Goodman's turn as a homicidal ex-vietnam-obsessed marine who's other obsessions include bowling and his ex Cynthia's religion to which he's converted and doggedly won't now give up), terrific set pieces, mistaken identity, long-lost children, dreadful corny porn, mad feminists, its central character's steadily increasing confusion, and the most bewildering, triumphant and frequent use of the word f**k with its derivations, since Kevin Smith first put fingers to word-processor in New Jersey. Don't let the profanity put you off. Just treat those words as coughs or verbal shuffles as the characters strain to think their way out of the particular 'fine mess' they've found themselves in at that point in the film.
Make no mistake, this is a really clever piece of writing that you won't be able to take-in properly in just one viewing or even two, and with each viewing it just gets better. Clever ideas, combine with clever language and even situation comedy.
In the situation comedy stakes, check out the Dude trying to explain to the police why he's worried about a brief case that had been in his POS car, both just stolen, and his and Goodman's furiously inept attempts to interrogate the boy who stole the car while the adolescent's father lies prostrate in an iron lung that's gassing away in the background.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stampy on 26 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
Jeff Bridges (The fabulous baker boys) stars as the Dude Lebowski, who is mistaken for another Lebowski, which ultimately leaves his rug ruined.

Taking this up with the Big Lebowski, the Dude is sent on a mission to recover his kidnapped wife.

The Big Lebowski is one of the Coen brother's finest creations by being different, funny and entertaining all the way through with smart direction and acting.

You will have never seen anything like this before as Jeff Bridges gives an unbelievable performance as The Dude, an unemployed bum who likes white Russians and bowling who seeks a very bizarre retribution in his ruined rug.

The ideology of the rug and the whole obsessive nature behind it is very funny, as is Bridges in a very weird character, which is loveable for being so hip, and relaxed.

Though his character can be extremely rude and annoying, John Goodman (Roseanne) plays Walter extremely well and makes an interesting paring alongside the Dude.

The plot is excellent and very consistent. Very character driven, The Big Lebowski packs in plenty of laughs along the way with some breathtaking twists and turns and strong ideologies to keep it entertaining.

One particular factor which helped the film along, was the beautifully directed bowling scene fantasies, so bizarre and unique that the film is a must watch just for these couple of moments of pure genius. They are so out of place in the film, so wacky that it is pure amazement. Forget J.D's fantasies in Scrubs, we have the funniest and wackiest fantasies right here in a completely twisting and turning storyline.

Come the end of the film, you may have lost your way a bit as to what happens with all the money dealings and who all the characters were and so forth, but you will definitely not mind watching again, as you will have seen the most coolest Dude in the history of cinema in a very finely directed comedy drama.

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