The Big Lebowski (1998)

Maybe it’s the way the Coen brothers tie everything together with bowling that makes this Los Angeles -based tale of burnouts, gun buffs, doobies, tumbleweeds, art, nihilism, porn, pissed-on rugs, severed toes, Saddam Hussein, attack marmots, Teutonic technopop and Bob Dylan – not to mention extortion, kidnapping and death – such a hilarious pop-culture hash. The Big Lebowski is the best movie ever set mostly in a bowling alley.
Peter Travers, The Rolling Stone (6.3.1998)
Apart from psychedelic dream sequences with a bowling twist, it’s the wealth of great characters and their insane dialogue that make this a memorable film. John Goodman’s Vietnam Vet and The Dude’s bowling buddy is in part responsible for the mayhem, but he also gives colour to The Dude’s everyday life, as does a mawkish Steve Buscemi and John Turturro’s absurd Latino child-molester, Jesus Quintana. There are others, too many to mention, not least those populating the world a million miles from The Dude’s leisured life and his ruined rug.
Nick Hilditch, BBC (19.2.2001)

  • Language: English, Spanish, Hebrew, German
  • Subtitles: partly English
  • Distribution: Park Circus
  • Cinematography: Roger Deakins
  • Editing: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Tricia Cooke
  • Music: Carter Burwell
  • Sound: Skip Lievsay
  • Production design: Rick Heinrichs