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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.

  • 13

    The Film Is Littered With Clever Callbacks

    The Dude has a habit of repeating phrases he hears from other characters. For example, the George H.W. Bush "This aggression will not stand" speech is repeated by the Dude.

    Maude Lebowski uses the phrase, "parlance of our times," and The Dude repeats this one in the limo. The Big Lebowski says he "will not abide another toe!" at the end of the movie and threatens Larry with castration, like the nihilists did in his bathroom.

    In fact, many of the main characters do the same thing, though not always with phrases they've heard. For example, the Treehorn thugs say "Do you see what happens, Lebowski?" when Woo is peeing on the rug, and Walter says "Do you see what happens, Larry?" when he is smashing the Corvette. Walter says "The Chinaman is not the issue here!" in the bowling alley, and then, in the next scene, the Big Lebowski says, "My wife is not the issue here!"
  • 14

    Creative Editing For TV Created An Iconic Line

    In a version of The Big Lebowski that was edited for television broadcasts, the famous line "This is what happens when you f*ck a stranger in the a**!" was changed to "This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!" The line is regularly cited as one of the most "creative" edits made to a film for a TV broadcast.

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    The Rug Really Tied The Movie Together

    People mention peeing on the Dude's rug 17 times. They also say the rug "really tied the room together" five times.

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    The Dude Enjoys Nine White Russians Throughout The Film

    The Dude drinks nine White Russians during the course of the movie (though he drops one of them at Jackie Treehorn's mansion).

    What's the recipe for making a proper White Russian? Two parts vodka, one part coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa) and one part cream, served with ice in a low ball glass.