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PostSubject: Big Lebowski   Fri Jan 26, 2007 9:54 pm

The Dude abides

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Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), a single, unemployed slacker, living in Venice, California, enjoys cannabis and spends his days "bowling, driving around, [and having] the occasional acid flashback." A devoted Creedence Clearwater Revival fan, he actively hates the 1970s soft-rock band, Eagles. He freely uses profanity and is not above postdating a check for $0.69 to buy a carton of half and half for his favorite drink, White Russian cocktails, which he refers to as "Caucasians". He claims to be one of the members of the "Seattle Seven" and a former roadie for Metallica, though he is not fond of the bandmembers (he refers to them as a "bunch of ********"). The Dude is a laid-back pacifist who gets caught up in a scheme of kidnapping and embezzlement after seeking reparations for his beloved rug which "really tied the room together" after it was peed on.





Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) is a Vietnam War veteran who "lives in the past"; he is the Dude's best friend and bowling teammate. Born a Polish Roman Catholic, he converted to Judaism when he married his wife Cynthia and is accused of having a "sick Cynthia fetish" by The Dude ever since the two were divorced five years prior to the events in the film. Walter is a paranoid, mentally unstable man who often relates situations to his experiences in Vietnam. He often deals with situations aggressively and stubbornly, providing the main impetus for much of the story. He is boisterously confident in his actions, though his plans usually backfire, often ending disastrously for himself and the Dude. Walter runs his own security firm, Sobchak Security, and places bowling second to only his reverence to his religion, as evidenced by the memorable line "I'm as Jewish as the ****ing Tevye" and his strict rule against bowling on Shabbos.





Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi) is a member of Walter and The Dude's bowling team. Charmingly nave, Donny is an avid bowler and was a surfer in his younger days. Following his death and cremation, Walter and The Dude scatter his ashes over the ocean, in accordance with what his final wishes "might well have been." Donny frequently interrupts Walter's diatribes to inquire about the parts of the story he missed, evoking responses such as "Donnie, you're out of your element", "You're like a child who wanders into the middle of a movie and wants to be ...." and "Life does not stop and start at your convenience, you miserable piece o' ****!".




Maude Lebowski (Julianne Moore) is the Big Lebowski's daughter. She is a feminist as well as an avant-garde artist whose work "has been commended as strongly vaginal." She is good friends with video artist Knox Harrington (David Thewlis), and she is also the person who introduced Bunny to Uli Kunkle, the nihilist and would-be kidnapper. Maude strongly disapproves of her father's marriage to Bunny.




Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston), "The Big Lebowski" to which the movie's title refers, is a multi-millionare who lost the use of his legs to "some Chinaman [...] in Korea." He is married to Bunny and is the father of Maude by his late wife. He is a very vain man who prides himself on the fact that he has "accomplished more than most men, and without the use of [his] legs."





Brandt (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a sycophant and loyal assistant to Mr. Lebowski, tries to please everyone. Brandt, who is one of the few people outside the Dude's circle who calls him by his preferred title, has a habit of echoing his boss as well as forcing out nervous laughter during awkward moments.



Bunny Lebowski (Tara Reid), born Fawn Knutsen, is the Big Lebowski's "trophy wife." She ran away from her family in Moorhead, Minnesota and soon found herself making pornographic videos under the name Bunny LaJoya. She is a careless, irresponsible person who is an annoyance to her husband who hopes "she will one day learn to live on her allowance, which is ample."





Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara) is a bigtime pornographic film producer who lives in Malibu. His credits include Thrust, Balls-zac, and Logjammin' starring Bunny and "Karl Hungus". He employs the two thugs who ambush The Dude in his home at the beginning of the movie. In spite of this apparent disrespect, he does call Lebowski "The Dude".




Smokey (Jimmie Dale Gilmore) is on a bowling team that the Dude and Walter play in order to qualify for the semifinals. When Walter claims that Smokey goes over the line, constituting a foul, Smokey opposes him and goes to mark the frame an eight. At this point, Walter takes a pistol out of his bowling bag and threatens Smokey with the famous line "mark that frame an eight and you're entering a world of pain." As the Dude explains to Walter, Smokey is a "fragile" person who was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and remains a pacifist to this day.






The Stranger (Sam Elliott) is the mysterious narrator who sees this story unfold from an unbiased perspective. He does not see the Dude as a low-life, but rather as an ironic tragic figure. The Stranger enjoys a good sarsaparilla, dresses as a cowboy, and is always accompanied with the song "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" in the background.





Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) is one of The Dude and Walter's opponents in the bowling league semifinals match. This eccentric, Latino trash-talking West Hollywood resident served "6 months in Chino for exposing himself to an 8-year-old". He speaks with a thick Hispanic accent, wears a uniform which matches his purple bowling ball, and refers to himself as "The Jesus". Although he only appears in two scenes, his line "You said it man! Nobody ****s with The Jesus!", is one of the most oft-quoted lines in the film.




Da Fino (Jon Polito) is a private investigator hired by Bunny's parents, the Knutsens, to entice their daughter back to their Midwestern farm. He drives a battered blue Volkswagen Beetle (in reference to the Coen Brothers' first film, Blood Simple), mistakes the Dude for a "brother Shamus" (a fellow P.I.), and offends the Dude by referring to Maude as his "special lady" and not the Dude's preferred term, "lady friend".




Knox Harrington , (David Thewlis) The Video Artist is a rather camp associate of Maude's who manages to aggravate the generally laid-back Dude with his intrusive questions, e.g. "So, what do you do Lebowski ?", and his incessant over-the-top laughter. At one point Knox offers the Dude a drink, then waits for the Dude to take a seat before adding that "the bar's over there, help yourself".







The Nihilists are a group of ethnic Germans who claim to be nihilists. The group, composed of leader Uli Kunkle, stage name Karl Hungus (Peter Stormare), Franz (Torsten Voges), and Dieter (Flea) is a Kraftwerkian techno-pop band called "Autobahn" from the mid-'70s. The group, along with Kunkle's ex-girlfriend, Lu Ahkrugns (played by Aimee Mann), are the supposed kidnappers of Bunny Lebowski.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Wed Jan 31, 2007 3:45 pm

Where are the Carpet Pissers? The Chinaman was very intergral.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Wed Jan 31, 2007 4:12 pm

I forgot all about them suckers...

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:55 pm

I just read something online that I never noticed.

I guess at the start, when The Dude is writing his check for the milk and Bush is talking about the first Iraq war on the TV behind the clerk, the date on his check was 9-11-91. Odd little coincidence.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:00 pm

I think I researched that one time, and I came to the conclusion that the 911 date had something to do with the first war, and something Bush senior did, and it might have influenced why we got attacked on 911, it was payback for Gulfwar one.

But it was a while back, and I read some website stuff, and it made sense, but I didn't really check the dates to see if it was urban myth or really true.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:03 pm

I don't recall seeing a date on the check.

I mean, the thing came out in 1999, so it's just a weird oddity.

I was more bugged out over that Lone Gunman episode with the hijacked planes almost hitting the WTC.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:05 pm

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During a speech given on September 11, 1990, George H.W. Bush made the following remarks: "Within 3 days, 120,000 Iraqi troops with 850 tanks had poured into Kuwait and moved south to threaten Saudi Arabia. It was then that I decided to act to check that aggression."


That's the speech that Libowski sees in the store, the one where he gets the line, "this will not stand, this unchecked agression, it will not stand".

Not sure if I got the quote right, havn't watched the movie lately. Need to give it another go here soon.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:07 pm

Yup, you're right. Because The Dude says "this agression will not stand" later in the film. A few of his lines are borrowed from other characters throughout the movie.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:08 pm

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The Dude: Walter, what is the point? Look, we all know who is at fault here, what the **** are you talking about?
Walter Sobchak: Huh? No, what the **** are you... I'm not... We're talking about unchecked aggression here, dude.
Donny: What the **** is he talking about?
The Dude: My rug.
Walter Sobchak: Forget it, Donny, you're out of your element!

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:08 pm

Most awesome movie ever made. Almost.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:09 pm

thats it, I'm watching this sucker some time this week. IT'S ON NOW.


I'm even going back to my Lebowski sig and avatar.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 8:21 pm

I must watch as well.

I caught it on cable over the weekend, only saw a little bit before I passed out.

My Dude avatar will rule over yours.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:32 pm

I went with Nixon, so we can't compete. Don't want an unmovable force to meet an unstoppable object.

When that day comes, Inrejects will burn to ashes in our war, but let us put that time off for as long as we can.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:10 pm

Ha, that scene is hilarious, when he looks in the Time Mirror, with the "are you a lebowski achiever". Awesome.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:04 pm

Hells yeah. The Dude rules.

"You're Lebowski, I'm Lebowski..."

"Did I urinate on your rug?"

Comedy.

You know they never said what The Dude did for money.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:04 pm

My favorite part is his "dream". Yeah yeah oh yeah what condition my condition was in

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:06 pm

Fuscia, what up sista.

Do you have a rug in your house that ties the room together? Don't let anyone pee on it.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:08 pm

Dude,

That's why I don't let strange men in the house! My rug does tie the room together too!

I saw the movie for the first time over the summer. It was a great flick.

As for me, I'm working, doing the mommy thing, and getting ready for Xmas.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:10 pm

He had to post date that check that was under a dollar, I don't think he did anything for money.

Didn't pay his rent.


He was trying to get some cash for the whole Bunny kidnapped plot, but never made any coin.

I would guess he had some kind of meager lawsuit money.

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:59 pm

I watched it Saturday night, it was very awesome. I laughed so hard, and I'm starting to understand the plot a little bit more each time I watch it.

Man, when his smoking that joint in the car, and tries to flip it out the window, and it hits the glass and goes in his lap, it's just so damn funny I about cry.

The Jesus scene also cracks me up:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JRKKnTADt4o

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:04 pm

My favorite scene, the roach in his lap and car crash.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=luyq45vgR2M

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:06 pm

Really, this my favorite scene, this cop makes me laugh so hard:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Vr9OM_W9vG4

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PostSubject: Re: Big Lebowski   Mon Dec 03, 2007 1:19 pm

"I've had a really bad day and I hate the fucking Eagles!" Excellent.

The cop throwing the mug for no reason was great. Facist!

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