It’s safe to say that this White Russian soaked crime caper from the twisted minds of the Coen Brothers, has achieved cult status around the globe. The Big Lebowski is celebrated annually with Lebowski Fest held in major and minor cities that usually include a showing of the film, costume contests, and bowling parties. Narrated by a cowboy known only as “The Stranger”played by Sam Elliot, The Big Lebowski stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, an unemployed Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler who is hopelessly stuck in the 60’s. After a case of mistaken identity, The Dude is introduced to a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski. When the millionaire Lebowski’s young trophy wife is kidnapped, he hires The Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release. The plan goes awry when the Dude’s bowling buddy Walter Sobchak, played by John Goodman, schemes to keep the full ransom. Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and John Turturro also star, Philip Seymore Hoffman, David Huddleston and Tara Reid appearing in supporting roles.
With a robe, White Russian, a pinkie toe, a drug-infused dream sequence, and a rug that “really tied the room together…” The Big Lebowski is more than deserving of our Throwback Thursday spotlight.
If you haven’t seen The Big Lebowski you are in the minority, my friend.