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18 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Big Lebowski'

Updated September 15, 2020 5.3k votes 1.2k voters 300.6k views18 items

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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?!

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 enjoy.

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    T Bone Burnett Is The Reason The Dude Hates The Eagles

    T Bone Burnett acted as music consultant on the movie and helped Joel and Ethan Coen establish The Dude's taste in music. Burnett selected many of the songs on the film's soundtrack, and also suggested The Dude's hatred towards The Eagles (Burnett himself is not a fan). One of the band's members, Glenn Frey, was reportedly so dismayed about this that he once angrily confronted Jeff Bridges about it when they ran into each other. 

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    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.

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    Metallica Was Flattered By Their Scripted Cameo

    The Dude tells Maude he was a roadie for Metallica on their (fictional) "Speed of Sound" tour and refers to the band members as a "bunch of a**holes." Metallica themselves were flattered to be referred to in a Coen Brothers movie, with guitarist Kirk Hammett once noting in an interview that they'd tried to think of a way to incorporate that scene into their live shows.

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    Two Particular Words Pop Up A Lot

    The Dude says "man" 147 times in the movie, and "Dude" is said 160 times.