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

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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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    The Dude's Car Later Starred In 'The X-Files'

    The Dude's car is a four door 1973 Ford Gran Torino, which was also used during the filming of The X Files.

    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.

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    The Film Received A Proud Endorsement In Norway

    Norwegian posters and video cassettes featured the text, "anbefales av norsk bowling forbund," which translates to, "recommended by the Norwegian Bowling Association."

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    Walter Shutting Up Donnie Is A Sly Nod To 'Fargo'

    The reason Walter (John Goodman) is constantly telling Steve Buscemi's character, Donny, to "shut the f*ck up!" could be that Buscemi's character in the Coen Brothers' film Fargo was such a mouthy chatterbox.

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    All The F-Bombs Earned The Movie Its R-Rating

    The F-word, or a variation of it, is used 292 times in the film. That's more times than in Scarface!