The Big Lebowski is a special kind of cult classic. First off: The Dude. Jeff Bridges drinking White Russians will forever have a place in our special box of '90s nostalgia, man. Second, how many films do you know that have their very own festival? How about their very own store in Greenwich? Better yet, how many movies have inspired an entire religion?! (Shout out to all the Dude-ist Priests out there).
This one of a kind movie is about life, Zen, kidnapping, bowling, rugs, consumerism, capitalism, PTSD, Vietnam, the importance of a well-placed rug, and an infinite amount of other subjects. It's a comedy with more F%#*s than Scarface and more heart than most dramas.Needless to say, there's nothing quite like The Big Lebowski. Trying to summarize or describe the film is like trying to get The Dude to like The Eagles... it's futile. Instead of trying to put this cinematic experience into words, we've decided to dig up some facts you may not know about the film masterpiece. So kick back, relax, pour yourself a White Russian and vote up the most interesting fun facts about The Big Lebowski!
That Word Really Tied the Movie Together, Man
The Dude says "man" 147 times in the movie, nearly 1.5 times a minute.
The Dude's Car Later Starred in The X-Files
The Dude's car is a four door 1973 Ford Torino. Two different vehicles were used in filming: one was destroyed during production, the other was destroyed in the filming of The X Files: Salvage, in which it was also used.In the original script, The Dude drove a Chrysler LeBaron, as Jeff Dowd (film producer and real life inspiration for The Dude) once owned one, but that car wasn't big enough to fit John Goodman.
The Coens' Sneaky Details Reveal a Lot About The Dude
As The Dude writes the 69 cent check at Ralph's, he watches George H.W. Bush give the "This aggression will not stand" press interview live on TV. President Bush gave the interview on the White House lawn on Sunday, August 5, 1990, three days after the Iraqi Army invaded Kuwait. The Dude's check, however, is dated September 11, 1991, indicating that The Dude is so broke, that he had to post-date a 69 cent check by over one year.
The Main Tagline Is a Bible Reference
The line, "The Dude abides," is a reference to Ecclesiastes 1:4, "One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth abides forever." This is a reference to how The Dude, much like the Earth, can weather change and chaos around him, but still remain the same.