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19 Things You Didn't Know About The Big Lebowski 

Coy Jandreau
Updated May 31, 2020 264.8k views 19 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.

One Particular Word Pops Up A Lot
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The Dude says "man" 147 times in the movie, and "Dude" is said 160 times. 

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

The Coens' Sneaky Details Reveal a Lot About The Dude
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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.